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First time ever: Researchers rewrite an entire bacterial genome and add a healthy twist

First time ever: Researchers rewrite an entire bacterial genome and add a healthy twist | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Scientists from Yale and Harvard have recoded the entire genome of an organism and improved a bacterium’s ability to resist viruses, a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism’s genetic code.

“This is the first time the genetic code has been fundamentally changed,” said Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale and co-senior author of the research published Oct. 18 in the journal Science. “Creating an organism with a new genetic code has allowed us to expand the scope of biological function in a number of powerful ways.”


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odysseas spyroglou's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:46 AM

The brave new world starts here. I hope we'll find our way to a less dystopian future.

Dmitry Alexeev's curator insight, October 20, 2013 4:18 AM

thats a new generation biological tool although there has been already attempts to encode non-standard amino acids - but never before on a full genome scale - intrestingle how soon wilkl this be available as a conventional instrument? this is a novel scientific tool - which will among others help us to study life

Leire Tapia's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:08 PM

He elegido esta noticia porque la relaciono con la libertad de investigación. Es un derecho vinculado al ser humano y es un derecho exigible. Es también importante comunicar los resultados y no caer en el peligro de la censura. No hay que esconder lo que la ciencia descubre pero si es importante establecer límites relacionados con la protección de la salud y con la dignidad humana.

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Why China won’t own next-generation manufacturing

Why China won’t own next-generation manufacturing | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
With its massive investments, China is only accelerating the demise of its manufacturing industry.
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Natural scale caterpillar soft robot is powered and controlled with light

Natural scale caterpillar soft robot is powered and controlled with light | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, using the liquid crystal elastomer technology, originally developed in the LENS Institute in Florence, demonstrated a bioinspired micro-robot capable of mimicking caterpillar gaits in natural scale. The 15-millimeter long soft robot harvests energy from green light and is controlled by spatially modulated laser beam. Apart from traveling on flat surfaces, it can also climb slopes, squeeze through narrow slits and transport loads.
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Meet ROOT: The Robot that Brings Code to Life

Computational thinking and programming underlie the digital world around us – yet K-16 teachers have been challenged to find the right teaching tool to instill…
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Wikiverse lets you explore Wikipedia like a human spaceship

Wikiverse lets you explore Wikipedia like a human spaceship | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Anyone who has spent any serious time on the internet has fallen down a Wikipedia hole, idly clicking linked sources and the site's "random article" option for hours at a time
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Op-Ed | A New Toolkit for Designers

Designers must integrate software, sensors, processors and new synthetic and biological materials into their toolkit, argues Todd Harple.
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DNA’s Hidden Layer Is Real, and Physicists Are Finding More Proof

DNA’s Hidden Layer Is Real, and Physicists Are Finding More Proof | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Physicists confirm the presence of a second layer if information in DNA that determines how it folds and what kind of cells it creates.
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Yes, Your Brain Does Process Information - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Yes, Your Brain Does Process Information - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Do you know what information is? No worries if you don’t. Clarity on the concept is apparently hard to come by. In a May cover story,…
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DuoSkin:Functional, stylish on-skin user interfaces

DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf,…
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NASA just released 1,035 new images of Mars — here are some of the best

NASA just released 1,035 new images of Mars — here are some of the best | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Mars definitely deserves its Red Planet nickname. But scientists use such a range of photographing techniques that the planet can end up a rainbow of colors.
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World's First Tattoo by Industrial Robot

For more information about Pierre and Johan visit: www.appropriateaudiences.net www.appropriateaudiences.tumblr.com For more information about Autodesk's…
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Yes, Your Brain Does Process Information - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Yes, Your Brain Does Process Information - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Forget Iron Man: skintight suits are the future of robotic exoskeletons

Forget Iron Man: skintight suits are the future of robotic exoskeletons | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Children with a rare neurological disease were recently given the chance to walk for the first time thanks to a new robotic exoskeleton. Thes
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A Post-Human World Is Coming. Design Has Never Mattered More | Knowmads, Infocology of the future

A Post-Human World Is Coming. Design Has Never Mattered More | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Futurist experts have estimated that by the year 2030 computers in the price range of inexpensive laptops will have a computational power that is equivalent to human intelligence.
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The first autonomous, entirely soft robot : Wyss Institute at Harvard

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot : Wyss Institute at Harvard | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Travis Kalanick revealed that the company is preparing to introduce self-driving cars to its fleet of drivers in..
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10 things you need to learn in design school if you’re tired of wasting your money — Dear Design Student

10 things you need to learn in design school if you’re tired of wasting your money — Dear Design Student | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
I hope everyone had a good summer. It’s hard to believe it’s over, yet here we are. Still feeling the summer breeze of warm ocean wind…
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TextileLab Amsterdam

TextileLab Amsterdam | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The TextileLab Amsterdam is a lab for creatives interested in experimenting with craftsmanship, technology and digital fabrication for the textile and clothing industry.
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AA School of Architecture Designs Adaptable Structural Plastic 3D Printing Method

AA School of Architecture Designs Adaptable Structural Plastic 3D Printing Method | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The AA School of Architecture’s DRL Masters Program has developed a thesis project, entitled Growing Systems, which explores adaptabl
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Ingenious: David Krakauer - The systems theorist explains what’s wrong with standard models of intelligence. - Issue 23: Dominoes - Nautilus

Ingenious: David Krakauer - The systems theorist explains what’s wrong with standard models of intelligence. - Issue 23: Dominoes - Nautilus | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
One way to think about culture is as dominoes arrayed in a line, with one tipping over another, a sort of cascade of influence,”…
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NASA Wants to Build These Six New Prototype Deep Space Houses

NASA Wants to Build These Six New Prototype Deep Space Houses | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Someday, perhaps we will have a little space house all of our own, over whose white picket fence we can watch the sun(s) set into the red sky over our exoplanet ranch. Until then, these six new prototype deep space habitat designs that NASA just released will have to do.
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The Future Of Education: We Live In A Social World

The Future Of Education: We Live In A Social World | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
HundrED is a global, non-profit project aiming to bring together a vision of education for th
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We're The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

Channel 4 is proud to present the 3-minute trailer for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Signed & Subtitled and Audio Described versions are available in th
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South African super-telescope reveals distant galaxies and black holes

South African super-telescope reveals distant galaxies and black holes | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
At only a quarter of its eventual capacity, the MeerKat radio telescope captures 1,300 galaxies in tiny corner of universe where only 70 were known before
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Bio-Inspired Design | Neri Oxman

In the first three industrial revolutions, new inventions were assembled from parts – as opposed to grown, like in nature. In the fourth industria
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