Synthetic Biology

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 […]

Designing Proteins to be Molecular Machines

Why our society chooses to idolize movie stars would be a complete mystery to visiting aliens. What’s so admirable about spending your life pretending to be someone else? In most cases, the people who actors and actresses attempt to portray aren’t even real people to begin with. Mankind would be in a much better place […]

All About the Berkeley Lights Stock IPO

For some reason, IPOs are coming out of the woodwork these days. Seems strange when you consider that just three months ago, all hell was breaking loose, and everyone seems to have forgotten about that. In fact, since the first-ever mention of the Woohoo Flu, the Nasdaq has gone up by +13%. Maybe everyone’s rushing […]

A Guide to Investing in Gene Editing Stocks

If we had to pick one disruptive technology that has the most potential to change mankind, it would be subset of nanotechnology called synthetic biology (or synbio). A critical component of synbio is gene editing. You cannot have one without the other. When many people first hear about the potential of gene editing, they want […]

Bolt Threads and Spider Web Clothing

They say clothes makes the man, a proverb that means you should dress to impress. In the Age of COVID-19, many of us have stopped wearing pants, but that doesn’t mean we’re not interested in some of the cool technology coalescing around clothing. You’ve probably read or seen some of the smart fabrics that can […]

How Berkeley Lights Enables Synthetic Biology

The human body is such an incredibly complex system that in order to truly understand it, we’ll need to emulate it by creating a digital twin. Last summer, we met with a Hungarian startup called Turbine that’s building digital cells that are so accurate they can mimic wet lab experiments. The next step is to […]