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Extracting Genetic Material

The first (and sometimes 3rd, 12th, 25th, 134th…) step of any genetic engineering experiment is often extracting DNA from some organism or another. While novel gene synthesis technology will likely make this procedure obsolete, these days it’s still most economical to do it by hand. Extracting DNA from fruits like strawberries has also seen a…

Expanding the Genetic Code

Almost every living thing shares an identical genetic code, with three nucleic acids in an RNA sequence coding for a single amino acid in the translated protein sequence. While there are 64 three-letter RNA sequences, there are only 20 amino acids and degeneracy in the code allows some amino acids to be coded by multiple…

Synthetic RNA Switches

Today in my searches for the hot new trends in synthetic biology, I found a news article from Science Daily with an intriguing title: “Scientists Achieve First Rewire of Genetic Switches.” Rewiring genetic switches sounds pretty neat, but this headline was intriguing to me first of all because it’s kind of late to the party–in…