https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000 A recent article in New York Times about DIY biology and biohacking sparked a vigorous discussion about biosecurity and regulation of synthetic biology. The article starts with the rather sensationalist title, As D.I.Y.
0000-0003-0319-5416We continue to improve our ability to read, write, and edit DNA on larger and larger scales. GP-write wants to gather and coordinate the global enthusiasm around large-scale genome engineering to bring about some major
0000-0003-0319-5416The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are working to develop a report on security concerns around synthetic biology. The committee recently put out its initial report, “A Proposed Framework For Identifying Potential Biodefense Vulnerabilities Posed
0000-0003-0319-5416I was recently involved in a collaboration between the Zhang and Collins labs at MIT to use the RNA-targeting CRISPR protein Cas13a/C2c2 to detect either DNA or RNA from pathogens. By combining the use of Cas13a/C2c2 as
0000-0003-0319-5416While we’ve gotten used to CRISPR-Cas9 blanketing the science news and even inspiring #CRISPRfacts, now we’re getting CRISPR in our mainstream TV shows. The new Marvel Netflix show, Luke Cage, used CRISPR genome editing to explain
By Prashant Bhat The first annual Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference was held last month in Manhattan Beach, CA. Both new and veteran star-studded synthetic biologists shared the podium for four days