This Could Be the First Animal to Live Entirely Inside a Computer

Animals are exceptionally complicated things. So complicated, in fact, that we've never actually built one ourselves. But the day is fast approaching when we'll be able to create digital versions of organisms on a computer — from the way they move right through to their behaviors. Here's how we'll do it. » 4/10/14 11:30am 4/10/14 11:30am

Biologists Have Built An Artificial Chromosome From Scratch

In a breakthrough seven years in the making, an international team of scientists have reconstructed a synthetic and fully functional yeast chromosome. It's a remarkable advance that could eventually lead to custom-built organisms — humans included. » 3/28/14 2:20pm 3/28/14 2:20pm

Synthetic animals will save the planet

A recent project by designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg proposes that bioengineered creatures be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution. And she's already designed four organisms to do it, including soil-scouring slugs and seed-dispersing porcupines. » 11/13/13 12:40pm 11/13/13 12:40pm

Breakthrough "genetic circuits" bring us closer to synthetic human cells

We're one step closer to building artificial cells. Synthetic biologists have found a new way to assemble "genetic circuits," components that perform logical operations in living cells. This breakthrough could facilitate the development of artificial cells designed to solve problems in medicine, energy, and the… » 8/08/12 4:30pm 8/08/12 4:30pm

Breakthrough: The First Complete Computer Model of a Living Organism

Scientists always say you can't understand something until you can create a model of it. This rule is the driving force behind the rise of computational biology, the effort to replicate the inner workings of a biological organism in software. Efforts to do this have been pretty limited and basic — until now. » 7/23/12 4:12pm 7/23/12 4:12pm