How synthetic molecules could solve real-word healthcare problems

By Susan Kuchinskas Science certainly hasn’t identified every useful chemical on the planet, yet discovering natural substances that have valuable healthcare applications is labor-intensive. The search can involve things like expeditions to the Amazon or painstakingly culturing rare microbes gathered from ocean deeps. And useful results can take contracts. Instead, techniques of synthetic biology let … Read more

Part living organism, part machine: synthetic biology’s big promise

By Susan Kuchinskas The head and tail fin are gray plastic. Two transparent plastic wings jut out at right angles. The body of the fish is a tiny slab of muscle: human, stem-cell-derived cardiac cells. It swims like a fish, moving independently and randomly, powered by the same beat as a human heart. Researchers from … Read more