The Dream Machine for Customizing Biology is Almost Here
Protein designers are preparing for quantum computers to point the way to new cures and green materials.
Young Biodesigners Unveil Clever Ideas for a Cleaner World
Student competitors turn jellyfish, microorganisms, and even hair cells into useful things.
Angela Belcher Commands a Virus to Hunt a Deadly Cancer
An engineer lights up tiny tumors that doctors can’t see.
Tiny Food Factories
These startups are brewing up ways to save seafood, turn gas into protein, and make dairy alternatives less gross.
Is the World Ready for Synthetic People?
Stanford bioengineer Drew Endy doesn’t mind bringing dragons to life. What really scares him are humans. by David Ewing Duncan
Lab-Grown Dog Food Is First Step to a Clean Meat Empire
This startup’s founders eat their own kibble—and they plan to feed you someday too.
The Human Operating System Gets an Overhaul
Forget editing genes. This guy wants to write brand-new ones. by Steven Kotler
6 Amazing Things to Watch in Synthetic Biology
Teleported molecules, custom genomes, and other innovations that will deliver on the technology’s biggest promises.
The Audacity of Synthetic Biologists
Sophia Roosth puts big questions to the people who are reviving extinct species and building organisms from scratch.
It’s Time to Believe in Synthetic Biology
Juan Enriquez bets on the end of undruggable targets, the power of programmable cells, and a machine that cooks up biological material. by David Ewing Duncan