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    Genetically Modify Your Own Frankenbugs, No Lab Necessary

    Genetically Modify Your Own Frankenbugs, No Lab Necessary

    We often think of bacteria as something bad, but switch a few genes here and there and they have the possibility to detect cancer, prevent mosquitos from transmitting Malaria or produce diesel fuel. But It takes a specialized lab with the proper equipment and a team of programmers running code on machines to genetically modify microorganisms. While academics have these sorts of resources at… Read More

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    The Genome Engineering Revolution Crunch Network

    The Genome Engineering Revolution

    Over the years, the debate surrounding the ethics of genome engineering research and applications has cultivated a sense of fear among us that societies depicted in movies like Gattaca, or the book Brave New World, could come to fruition. Although these scenarios seem socially impossible execute, they were ultimately deemed scientifically farfetched because the complexity of such tasks… Read More

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    Biotech Accelerator IndieBio Bumps Funding To $250K Per Startup To Give Founders More Runway

    Biotech Accelerator IndieBio Bumps Funding To $250K Per Startup To Give Founders More Runway

    San Francisco-based biotech accelerator IndieBio has pledged to raise the funding per startup accepted into its program from $50,000 to $250,000 going forward. Each startup will now get $200,000 in cash plus $50,000 worth of co-op lab space to work with in order to give each startup a longer runway. That’s not just a significant raise from IndieBio, but one that topples Y… Read More

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    BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells

    BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells

    U.S. biotech startup BioBots sits at the intersection between computer science and chemistry. Its debut product, a desktop 3D printer for biomaterials, which was just demoed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY — printing Van Gogh’s ear in replica, no less — combines hardware, software and wetware. It’s the latter area where the core innovation sits, says co-founder… Read More

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    Biotech Startup Pembient Is Making Rhino Horns, Sans Rhino

    Biotech Startup Pembient Is Making Rhino Horns, Sans Rhino

    There’s a startup called Pembient that is 3D printing rhinoceros horns in a lab on the far edge of San Francisco. These are not horns that look like rhino horns. These are genetically identical rhino horns, according to the startup. Pembient just didn’t need a rhino in order to make them. That’s good news for the very few rhinoceroses around the world. There are only five… Read More

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    Early Twitter Vets Launch Color Genomics To Make Genetic Screenings For Breast Cancer Affordable

    Early Twitter Vets Launch Color Genomics To Make Genetic Screenings For Breast Cancer Affordable

    I’m always excited when an experienced team from the consumer mobile world crosses over into a complex and formidable area like healthcare or biotech. With Color Genomics, we’re getting just that. Elad Gil and Othman Laraki, who sold Mixer Labs to Twitter six years ago and went on to oversee search, geo and growth for the company, have joined forces again to do affordable… Read More

  • Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

    Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

    The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves. The latest is a startup… Read More

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    Andreessen-Backed uBiome Is Now Doing An Indiegogo Campaign To Check Out Dental Bacteria

    Andreessen-Backed uBiome Is Now Doing An Indiegogo Campaign To Check Out Dental Bacteria

    Have you ever been curious about the bacterial flora and fauna in your gut? Or how about your teeth? uBiome, a YC-backed bio startup that went on to raise funding from Andreessen Horowitz, is launching a second campaign looking at the dental biome. A biome is the entire ecosystem of trillions of bacteria that live in and on our bodies. Even though the human body is made up of 10 trillion… Read More

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    Humans: The Next Platform Crunch Network

    Humans: The Next Platform

    Biohacking and transhumanist advances (including nootropics, extended longevity, cybernetic implants, better behavioral and genetic self-understanding) will materially advance our quality of life and productivity in the coming decade, but we need to be thoughtful about the potential social and ethical pitfalls as we transform. Google Trends shows a marked uptick in searches for… Read More

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    Shift Labs Launches Out Of Y Combinator To Make Medical Devices For Healthcare’s Future

    Shift Labs Launches Out Of Y Combinator To Make Medical Devices For Healthcare’s Future

    Shift Labs is a small startup launching this spring out of Y Combinator with a lofty tagline: to be “the Nest of medical devices.” But as ambitious as that goal may sound at first, when you take a closer look at Shift Labs, it doesn’t sound that crazy after all. In fact, it seems almost inevitable. If you’ve spent any time in a hospital, you’ve likely noticed that… Read More

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    YC-Backed Industrial Microbes Is Engineering Bacteria To Produce Chemicals From Natural Gases

    YC-Backed Industrial Microbes Is Engineering Bacteria To Produce Chemicals From Natural Gases

    The trio of synthetic biologists behind Industrial Microbes, a new East Bay-based startup backed by Y Combinator, have had years of experience in working with biofuels. They met at LS9, a biofuels startup that took more than $80 million of venture investment through the height of the cleantech wave and sought to create fuels from specially engineered bacteria. From a venture perspective, LS9… Read More

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