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Stanford Researchers Create A Biological Computer
2013-03-31 05:48:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Stanford University have developed a basic computer using genetic material, according to a report in the journal Science. The team said that the tiny biological transistors they have developed could potentially revolutionize medicine in the future. "We're going to be able to put computers into any living cell you want," lead author Drew Endy explained to the San Jose Mercury News. "We're not going to replace the...

2013-03-14 17:21:13

Predictability is often used synonymously with “boring,” as in that story or that outcome was so predictable. For practitioners of synthetic biology seeking to engineer valuable new microbes, however, predictability is the brass ring that must be captured. Researchers with the multi-institutional partnership known as BIOFAB have become the first to grab at least a portion of this ring by unveiling a package of public domain DNA sequences and statistical models that greatly...

Scientists Create Rewritable DNA
2012-05-22 13:29:59

Scientists have found a way to create rewritable digital data storage in DNA through means similar to binary coding. The researchers worked to reapply natural enzymes adapted from bacteria to flip specific genetic sequences of DNA back and forth at will. The scientists, who all work in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University Medical Center, said their method essentially works like that of binary computer coding. "Essentially, if the DNA section points in one...

2012-05-22 02:49:15

Sometimes, remembering and forgetting are hard to do. "It took us three years and 750 tries to make it work, but we finally did it," said Jerome Bonnet, PhD, of his latest research, a method for repeatedly encoding, storing and erasing digital data within the DNA of living cells. Bonnet, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, worked with graduate student Pakpoom Subsoontorn and assistant professor Drew Endy, PhD, to reapply natural enzymes adapted from bacteria to flip specific...

2011-12-14 13:00:00

DNA2.0 announces the integration of the first standardized information exchange framework for synthetic biology into the company's breakthrough gene design and assembly application. Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) December 14, 2011 DNA2.0 the leading provider of bioengineering solutions, today announced the integration of the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) into the companyâs groundbreaking gene design and assembly tool, Gene Designer. SBOL is a synthetic biology standard...

2010-01-25 15:40:53

With seed money from the National Science Foundation (NSF), bioengineers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University are ramping up efforts to characterize the thousands of control elements critical to the engineering of microbes so that eventually, researchers can mix and match these "DNA parts" in synthetic organisms to produce new drugs, fuels or chemicals. Today, a single designer microbe can take years to create and cost tens of millions of dollars, since each...

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2009-02-14 14:25:00

Advances in biotechnology are laying the groundwork for a huge boom as it becomes more largely applied in fields of healthcare and alternative fuel production, according to scientists at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago. "What you have seen over the last 35 years of biotech are tremendous applications, immediate applications of biotech starting with recombinant therapeutics all the way through," Drew Endy, assistant professor of...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'