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Want To Get Into Bio-Hacking? Here's A Beginner Bioreactor For Engineering Cells At Home

Bioengineering is pervasive these days — just look at your medicine, your makeup, or your food — but the science behind it is still pretty inaccessible to tinkerers. Enter Amino: A small bioengineering lab that will walk you through the process of creating everything from glow-in-the-dark cells to an anti-cancer research compound.

Video Explainer: The Maths Inside The Shape Of DNA

Video: Everyone knows what the iconic right-handed helix of DNA looks like, with its inter-linking string of molecules forming a pleasing, gentle twist. But there’s more to the shape than meets the eye, and this video explains some of the mathematical secrets lurking within DNA.

DNA Repair Earned The Nobel Prize In Chemistry, And Here's Why

Yesterday the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich for their work in mapping out how cells repair damaged DNA. Their research improved our understanding of how our own cells work and helped in the development of cancer treatments, but what does it all really mean?

Report: DNA Markers Accurately Predict Male Homosexuality

Today, a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics tied male homosexuality to chemical markers on DNA that affect how genes are expressed.

This Year's Nobel Prize In Chemistry Honours The Discoverers Of DNA Repair Mechanisms

Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich share this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for mapping out the mechanics of how cells repair damaged DNA.

The Pentagon's Research Arm Is Putting Money Into DNA Manufacturing

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the governmnet division that tries to take cutting-edge technology and turn it into something the military can use. The agency’s latest target? Genetic engineering.

What Is The Molecular Clock, Exactly?

In the 150 years since Charles Darwin recognised the kinship of all life, scientists have worked to fulfil his dream of a complete Tree of Life. Today, the methods used to trace the evolutionary branches back through time would exceed Darwin’s expectations. Scientists across a range of biological disciplines use a technique called the molecular clock, where the past is deciphered by reading the stories written in the genes of living organisms.

How DNA Could Replace Hard Drives

The capacity of our digital storage devices has skyrocketed in recent years. But there’s one storage medium that still kicks the crap out of our state-of-the-art solid state, and humans didn’t invent it. It’s called DNA.

Ancient Humans Had More DNA Than Us

Our ancestors weren’t blessed with smartphones, WiFi and Amazon Prime, but for what it’s worth they did have a little extra DNA. According to a study published today in Science, Homo sapiens have shed about 40.7 million base pairs of DNA since migrating out of Africa nearly two million years ago.

New DNA Origami Method Creates Amazingly Complex Molecular Structures

DNA isn’t just a building block of life — it can be a building block for other nano-size structures too. These wonderfully intricate shapes are made by twisting and folding DNA into complex shapes using a newly developed technique, like a kind of advanced molecular DNA.

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