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New NSF awards support the creation of bio-based semiconductors

Semiconductor synthetic biology promises to exceed limits of current data storage and processing methods

programmable DNA

Researchers have been using DNA, the essential molecule for coding genetic information in biology, as a programmable building block -- a molecular LEGO -- to create sophisticated materials with custom-designed functions.

Credit: Yonggang Ke, Biomedical Engineering Department, Emory University and Georgia Tech


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What does it mean to be a citizen of biology? Drew Endy, associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, answers the question on this edition of Ask a Scientist.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

What are the challenges of working in synthetic biology? Drew Endy, associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, answers the question on this edition of Ask a Scientist.

Credit: National Science Foundation