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Synthetic DNA Studied for Mass Data Storage

DNA illustration

An industry-academic consortium received a U.S. government contract to develop coded synthetic polymer chemicals like DNA for reliably storing massive amounts of data. . . . → Read More: Synthetic DNA Studied for Mass Data Storage

Living, Reproducing Concrete Created with Bacteria

Living building material

Engineers developed a more sustainable type of concrete adding a form of bacteria to grow and reproduce the material under most conditions. . . . → Read More: Living, Reproducing Concrete Created with Bacteria

Commentary – New Models Needed for Antibiotic Resistance

MRSA bacteria

Many parts of a new model for fighting antibiotic resistance are in development, and the pieces still need to be assembled, but the outline of a precision-medicine rather than mass-produced drug model is beginning to emerge. . . . → Read More: Commentary – New Models Needed for Antibiotic Resistance

New Process Boosts Silk in Medical Devices

Silk powder and products

Engineers developed a more efficient process using heat to make items from raw silk into manufactured goods, including bio-compatible medical devices. . . . → Read More: New Process Boosts Silk in Medical Devices

Plastic Material Developed to Repel Bacteria

Repel Wrap

A Canadian engineering team developed a treated form of common plastic that in lab tests repels liquids and stubborn bacterial films. . . . → Read More: Plastic Material Developed to Repel Bacteria

Soft Material Developed With Magnetic Response

Coil from magnetic polymer

Researchers created a new soft polymer plastic with magnetic properties that can be programmed to change shape and recall previous shapes. . . . → Read More: Soft Material Developed With Magnetic Response

Synthetic Bio Company Acquired in $2.35B Deal

E. coli bacteria

A company developing protein-like therapies for cancer from synthetic bacteria is being acquired by drug maker Sanofi in a deal valued at $2.35 billion. . . . → Read More: Synthetic Bio Company Acquired in $2.35B Deal

Rice Univ, Shell Partner on Sustainable Carbon

Matteo Pasquali with carbon nanotube fibers

Rice University and the energy company Shell launched a program to sustainably produce carbon derived from splitting rather than burning hydrocarbons. . . . → Read More: Rice Univ, Shell Partner on Sustainable Carbon

Broad Inst, Biotech Partner on Immune-Safe Crispr

Feng Zhang

A company designing synthetic proteins and the Broad Institute are developing ways to reduce the threat of edited genes producing an immune-system response. . . . → Read More: Broad Inst, Biotech Partner on Immune-Safe Crispr

Trial to Test Engineered Amino Acid for Schizophrenia

Brain activity graphic

A clinical trial plans to test a modified amino acid as an added treatment for schizophrenia that its developers say works differently than most current drugs. . . . → Read More: Trial to Test Engineered Amino Acid for Schizophrenia