Answers to “Is it edible?” and other burning questions.
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January 2023

Cells with synthetic genomes could build almost anything. Managing biosecurity risks is another story.
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The hype and possibilities of machines that dream of Nobels.
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Genetic engineering as a foundational technology.
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I’m ending the weekly newsletter to make time for deeper pieces.
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December 2022

Notable papers from the last year, according to some guy on the internet.
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Why you shouldn't always play with DNA.
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Read to the end for ideas to speed up science.
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Plus: Magnet-controlled proteins and cells learn to swim.
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November 2022

Plus: A short history of beer.
Engineered proteins, tuned to respond to different light levels, control gene expression in bacteria and mammalian cells.
Microbial biosensors detect water contaminants in 3 minutes.