George M. Church

Jul. 09, 2010

The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues took up the idea of synthetic biology this week.

synthetic biology, biotechnology

Oct. 24, 2008

Personal Genome Project

We'll hear about a new project in genetics that aims to make the genetic sequences -- and personal data -- of 100,000 people freely available.

genetics, genome, privacy, genetic testing

Apr. 04, 2008

Bacteria That Eat Antibiotics

It sounds like something out of science fiction -- instead of being killed by antibiotics, some bacteria instead eat antibiotics for lunch.

bacteria, antibiotics, antibiotic resistance

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