iGEM, or How to Build a Biological Organism in a Single Summer

The International Genetically Engineered Machine » 11/20/08 9:00am 11/20/08 9:00am competition brings undergraduates from around the world to MIT's campus to share the results of a summer's worth of synthetic biology research. Each team tries to create the best synthetic organism. Here you can see the iGEM participants (photo courtesy of David…

Three Horror Movies That Even a Scientist Could Love

As a scientist I have mixed feelings about SF-oriented horror, which tends to show my lab coat-wearing brethren as myopic, obsessive, morally challenged individuals or as humorless skeptics. When Fringe » 11/06/08 9:00am 11/06/08 9:00am needed a scientist for its team of white hats, the best they could come up with was a former, vaguely repentant mad…

What Are the Unlikeliest Futures for the Human Species?

Welcome to Ask a Biogeek, a column where you ask UC Berkeley researcher Terry Johnson any question you want - no matter how weird. » 8/21/08 9:00am 8/21/08 9:00am Reader Matthew asks: "Blocked" is perhaps too rigorous a standard, but there are certainly some futures far less likely than others. I can't , but perhaps I can convince you that a few…

Forget the Jetpack - Where Are My Replacement Organs?

Welcome to Ask a Biogeek, a column about cutting-edge biology by UC Berkeley researcher Terry Johnson. Knowing which organs you can live without is all well and good, but wouldn't you rather have replacement organs? Tissue engineers already have some pretty good ones if you happen to lose your skin or severely damage… » 4/03/08 9:45am 4/03/08 9:45am