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A long-sought goal in genetics has been to develop therapies that can use correctly functioning genes to replace genes with defects. If we had the technology to predictably modify our genomes, we would have the ability to cure many diseases instead of having to place people on medications for their entire lives. For a long…

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit organization that opened it’s doors in April, 2008. One of the great things about this institute is it’s commitment to sharing biotech knowledge with the surrounding community. For the general public, HudsonAlpha has a ongoing written series on biology topics called Biotech 101. Teachers will probably find…

I don’t know if any DIY biologists are looking for projects, but I think engineering yeast with a gene to detect heavy metals might be a good DIY biology project and I have some ideas for how to do this.

Some of the things that are attracting people to DIY biology are: the idea of doing science with others for fun the possibility of doing something that might be beneficial to society being part of larger movement All of those notions appeal to me and since I’ve been involved with biotech for many years, I…

My oldest daughter’s favorite sweatshirt is one from the Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School, with the motto, “What’s your motivation?” I was reminded of motivation the other day, as I talked about projects with the DIY biology group. It’s pretty clear that you can’t pick a project without knowing whether you’re motivated by the discovery…

This afternoon, I attended the first meeting of a DIY biology group in Seattle, after a kind invitation from one of the founders.   DIY, for those of you new to the acronym, stands for "Do It Yourself."   But, you say, there are lots of people who do biology on their own. Some people…

Mosquito-borne diseases, like Dengue and Malaria, are serious problems in many parts of the world. While some people are working on treatments for mosquito-carried disease, others are looking at ways to treat the mosquitoes. Figure 1. Image of Aedes aegypti from the Public Health Library tags: tropical disease, yellow fever, dengue, insect control, malaria

Cloning the gene for green fluorescent protein is fun. Lots of fun. Cloners have put the GFP gene into rabbits, plants, cats, fish, and worms, and made mutants that code for proteins in every color of the fluorescent rainbow. Teachers like GFP so much that every year, high school students throughout the U.S. clone GFP…

Last spring, in a coffee shop in Berkeley, I saw an amazing thing. It was a cup made from corn. The information on the cup says that it is made from corn, is environmentally sustainable, and 100% compostable. My fellow ScienceBloggers have written several articles lately about corn in fast food (here, here, and here),…

Well, I had to test Scribd with something. Why not use a document on the Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry? Scribd is sort of like the YouTube of electronic paper. I found Scribd from TomJoe’s post about Life on Mars. His PowerPoint talk is really much more interesting than the life science document that I uploaded…