Synthetic Biology

Ginkgo Bioworks Stock is a Risky Bet on Synbio

We always say you shouldn’t invest in stories, but sometimes it’s so darn hard not to. That’s because deep down inside, we all like to have a punt now and then. It isn’t often we’re compelled to invest in teams with dreams, but Ginkgo Bioworks tempts our risk-averse nature like few others have. Since we […]

Why is Berkeley Lights Stock Falling?

Some interesting things happen when you start telling people what stocks you’re invested in. They’ll start making assumptions. For example, one reader commented that we were “bearish on Palantir” when we opted to invest in C3 (AI) instead. That made us think. Maybe we ought to do a proper comparison between these two companies so […]

5 Novel Therapies Using Synthetic Biology

The 1997 film “Gattaca” promised a future where humans would be free of disease and babies born on demand with the latest upgrades, including enhanced speed, intelligence, and beauty. Much like a new Tesla Roadster. However, despite the technological predictions offered by Hollywood moviemakers, we’re still living in a time when synthetic biology is working […]

Zymergen Stock is About Manufacturing with Nature

People often ask why we cover startups when our primary mandate is to cover publicly traded technology stocks. That’s because we want to know about promising companies that may soon offer shares to the public. When that happens, we’re one step ahead of the game. Today’s announcement of an IPO by Zymergen is a good […]

Company Uses AI Drug Discovery for Designing Biologics

The bright minds at Insilico Medicine announced just today a major breakthrough in the rapidly growing field of AI drug discovery. The Hong Kong startup used a type of AI system called deep learning to simultaneously identify both a small-molecule drug and its ideal biological target to treat pulmonary fibrosis. It took just 18 months […]

Ginkgo Bioworks Scales Biology for Industrial Synbio

At the beginning of the month, we talked trash. Specifically, the piles of plastic that threaten to overwhelm many countries in the world. One long-term solution is to use biodegradable bioplastics made from natural renewable resources like algae. But that still leaves a legacy of water bottles, packaging, and Kardashian body parts that will be […]

Solving the World’s Problems With Biomanufacturing

While the donkeys and elephants waste the short time they have on this planet debating the root cause of global weather patterns, unsung heroes work on solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Spend some time in Southern Asia – where one in four people on this planet live – and you’ll see what real […]

Cheap Cannabinoids That May Cure Cancer

Mining our readership metrics to see what articles people enjoy reading is always insightful. Given that weed is legal in the Great White North, a fair number of our Canadian readers gravitate towards the cannabis articles. Since it’s been nearly three months since we’ve waxed any cannabis-related poetic, we feel like we’re letting down our […]

A Pure-Play Protein Engineering Stock

The donkeys and the elephants are preparing for war in November when they should really be focused on more amazing things – like protein engineering. We recently wrote about how scientists are Designing Proteins to be Molecular Machines using algorithms that need to consider more amino acid combinations than atoms in the universe. The proteins […]