Synthetic Biology

Hydrogen Peroxide from Genetically Modified Enzymes

The lines between biology and computing are becoming increasingly blurred, something that was predicted by Saint Steve Jobs before his untimely demise. It’s now been more than 17 years since George Dubyah Bush created the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act which brought nanotechnology into the limelight. Since then, the terminology has changed, but the […]

Cannabis Research to Make Marijuana Cannabinoids Cheaper

We recently ventured deep into Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Valley, home to legendary strains like Alaskan Thunderfuck, to learn more about the legal and illegal weed industry in the Last Frontier state. The bottom line: The kind bud is very unkind to your wallet, with an eighth of an ounce (about 3.5 grams) setting you back anywhere […]

8 Alternative Protein Sources to Meat and Dairy

When did food become so complicated? There are dozens of diet fads out there with names that seem like they were based on vanished civilizations from the time of Conan – Keto, Dukan, Optavia. Science seems to flip-flop between glorifying and demonizing everything from coffee to fat. In some circles, meat has become public enemy […]

6 Cannabis Biotech Companies for Growing the Best Weed

The mad rush for green continues to reach ever greater heights as states lift decades-long bans on marijuana. But at the end of the day, all marijuana companies rely on one thing – the living, breathing Cannabis sativa plant. And like all things both lucrative and living, the world of biotechnology has already jumped right […]

How DNA Technology Enables Nanotechnology

As famous philosopher George Carlin used to remark, “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of ’em are stupider than that.” One reason for the prevalence of stupidity is that mainstream conversation topics don’t revolve around anything intelligent, so we should hardly be surprised when only the nerdy kids are […]

Most Funded Synthetic Biology Companies in 2018

It’s that time of the year again when you start returning or re-gifting all of the plastic crap that got shoved under a slowly dying tree in that annual orgy of consumerism known as Christmas. It’s also the time of year when the media start to hit you with all those year-end lists of the […]

Twist Bioscience Stock Offered in IPO

Just a few weeks ago, we published a piece on 9 DNA Data Storage Companies to Watch, one of which was a startup called Twist Bioscience. After taking in just over $253 million from 24 different investors including Illumina (third largest shareholder with 7.7%) and asset manager Fidelity, Twist Bioscience has filed for an Initial […]

9 DNA Data Storage Companies to Watch

The storage capacity of DNA is so powerful that all the data in the world could be stored in a volume of fewer than 3 gallons. It was in January of 2017 that we first wrote about using DNA to store data, pointing out an Irish startup that was selling a DNA storage device on […]

6 Protein Engineering Startups Designing Biology

It’s up for debate which human invention should be considered the greatest of all time. Some would argue the wheel. Others might say MTV (the 1980s version at least), while cases could also be made for everything from the printing press to the internal combustion engine. We vote for beer—but probably not for the reasons […]