biomimicry

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New Organisms With Synthetic DNA Could Lead to Entirely New Life Forms

Two synthetic base pairs have been added to the DNA of E. coli, and the microbes are thriving.<p>Scientists continue to inch closer and closer to medical breakthroughs by tinkering with DNA. At the end of 2016, the CRISPR gene-editing tool was used for the first time on human cancer patients, and now, …

Biology

CRISPR, the gene-editing tech that's making headlines, explained in one graphic

A startlingly simply method for cutting and pasting DNA has been making waves lately.<p>Scientists and policymakers are meeting in Washington, DC December 1-3 to debate the use of CRISPR/Cas9, a tool that makes it possible to make changes to an organism's DNA almost as easily as cutting and …

Genetics

There's a good reason why the next generation of robots will look like animals

Biomimetics.<p>That's the field dedicated to imitating aspects of nature to better understand, and potentially solve, complex human issues.<p>It's the reason why so many engineers and researchers are creating robot models of animals.<p>Robotic animals can help researchers better understand locomotion, …

Robotics

Move Over, Jony Ive—Biologists Are the Next Rock Star Designers

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Biology

Lampreys Could Hold the Key to Better Underwater Robots

The lamprey—a jawless, toothy suction funnel that looks like it sprung to life out of the <i>Alien</i> storyboards—is the sort of creature whose existence …