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The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains? by Richard C. Lewontin

The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains? by Richard C. Lewontin | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Nothing in history suggests that those who control and profit from material production can really be depended upon to devote the needed foresight, creativity, and energy to protect us from the possible negative effects of synthetic biology. In cases where there is a conflict between the immediate and the long-range consequences or between public and private good, how can that conflict be resolved?
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How To Code A Life

How To Code A Life | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Synthetic biology — the science fiction-like branch of genetic engineering — hopes to automate programs used to engineer organisms that could produce better drugs and cleaner fuels. But...
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The Wellcome Trust 2013 winning entry: where did syphilis come from?

The Wellcome Trust 2013 winning entry: where did syphilis come from? | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Did Columbus really bring syphilis back with him from the New World, asks Katherine Wright, winner of the 2013 Wellcome Trust science writing prize
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3D-printed human cells could replace animal testing | technology

3D-printed human cells could replace animal testing | technology | Biology101 | Scoop.it
3D-printed human cells could replace the need for animal testing of new drugs within five years, according to researchers.
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Dinosaur's Klutz Moment Preserved in Time: Scientific American

Dinosaur's Klutz Moment Preserved in Time: Scientific American | Biology101 | Scoop.it
A series of tracks in Oklahoma reveal where a dinosaur most likely slipped and caught itself before continuing on
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‘Nightmare’ bacteria are real, and the U.S. needs to act fast

‘Nightmare’ bacteria are real, and the U.S. needs to act fast | Biology101 | Scoop.it
‘Nightmare’ bacteria are no dream.
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Hot Flashes in Cold Waters? Killer Whales Undergo Menopause

Hot Flashes in Cold Waters? Killer Whales Undergo Menopause | Biology101 | Scoop.it
A new study shows that killer whales undergo menopause, an evolutionary advantage that helps their offspring survive.
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Gene Therapy Emerges From Disgrace to Be the Next Big Thing, Again - Wired Science

Gene Therapy Emerges From Disgrace to Be the Next Big Thing, Again - Wired Science | Biology101 | Scoop.it
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Chemists Combine Natural Materials With Synthetic Ones to ‘Upgrade’ Photosynthesis

Chemists Combine Natural Materials With Synthetic Ones to ‘Upgrade’ Photosynthesis | Biology101 | Scoop.it
A ring of protein and pigments, half synthetic and half natural, can be used to quickly prototype light-harvesting antennas that absorb more sunlight than fully natural ones.
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OMG. Sugar is poison!?

OMG. Sugar is poison!? | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Toxic. It's a bad word, right? If something is toxic, or poison, it will kill you. Period. Arsenic? Poison. Water? Not poison. See? Easy! How about this one: sugar. Well, if we're to believe everyt...
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First Human Brain-to-Brain Mind Meld Achieved : DNews

First Human Brain-to-Brain Mind Meld Achieved : DNews | Biology101 | Scoop.it
A computer scientist controls his colleague's movement from across campus, simply by using his imagination. Continue reading →
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How Do Whales Avoid Sunburn? Hint: Some Tan

How Do Whales Avoid Sunburn? Hint: Some Tan | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Blue, fin, and sperm whales have different strategies to avoid sun damage.
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Four-strand DNA structure found in cells

Four-strand DNA structure found in cells | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Unusual nucleic-acid structure may have role in regulating some genes.
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Laurie Garrett | Synbio: Biology’s Brave New World | Foreign Affairs

Laurie Garrett | Synbio: Biology’s Brave New World | Foreign Affairs | Biology101 | Scoop.it
In May 2010, the richest, most powerful man in biotechnology made a new creature. J.
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3D printing aims to deliver organs on demand

3D printing aims to deliver organs on demand | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Dying patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants.
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The Achromatic ‘Philosophical Zombie’, a Syndrome of Cerebral Achromatopsia with Color Anopsognosia

The Achromatic ‘Philosophical Zombie’, a Syndrome of Cerebral Achromatopsia with Color Anopsognosia | Biology101 | Scoop.it
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Seven Molecules’ Claim to Fame - Issue 5: Fame - Nautilus

Seven Molecules’ Claim to Fame - Issue 5: Fame - Nautilus | Biology101 | Scoop.it
From drinking water to DNA, from caffeine to carbon dioxide, and from Lipitor to Viagra—that is from atorvastatin to sildenafil…
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Dancing With Black Widow Spiders

Dancing With Black Widow Spiders | Biology101 | Scoop.it
A professional outdoorsman gets to know some of the black widow spiders near his home, first as a shy, retiring pet, then as a venomous threat.
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The Mystery of Eels ~ Web-Exclusive Video: The Eel Project | Nature | PBS

The Mystery of Eels ~ Web-Exclusive Video: The Eel Project | Nature | PBS | Biology101 | Scoop.it
Chris Bowser coordinates the Citizen Science Hudson River Eel Project which trains students and other community members to monitor local eel populations.
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Gene Patenting is a Matter of Perspective

Gene Patenting is a Matter of Perspective | Biology101 | Scoop.it
By Gabrielle Rabinowitz, @GabrielleRab On a typical day as a molecular biology PhD student, I combine tiny amounts of clear liquid in a small plastic tube. One of those small droplets contains seve...
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Malcolm Gladwell: Do Genetic Advantages Make Sports Unfair?

Malcolm Gladwell: Do Genetic Advantages Make Sports Unfair? | Biology101 | Scoop.it
What we are watching when we watch elite sports is a contest among wildly disparate groups of people, who approach the starting line with an uneven set of genetic endowments and natural advantages.
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Do Octopuses Feel Pain? | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network

Do Octopuses Feel Pain? | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network | Biology101 | Scoop.it
The past couple posts have described some pretty severe experiments on octopuses, including: showing how octopus arms can grow back after inflicted damage and how even ...
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