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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\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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