Don't miss The Odyssey. Among its other virtues, the characters fully inhabit a world ruled more by interpreted customs than laws, where (should you be the sort of person who catches their notice) you may meet Gods and Goddesses, who occasionally enforce those customs. As they interpret them. » 5/14/14 12:24pm 5/14/14 12:24pm

Dyeing a Golden Bear blue with synthetic biology

This is the eighth and possibly penultimate post in a series of posts about UC Berkeley's 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team. If you'd like to catch up: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7. » 9/27/13 11:44pm 9/27/13 11:44pm

No Sleep 'til Toronto: 3 weeks until the North American iGEM jamboree

This is seventh in a series of posts about UC Berkeley's 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team. If you'd like to catch up: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6. » 9/17/13 4:18pm 9/17/13 4:18pm

More environmentally friendly blue jeans, better biosensors...or both?

Indigo dye is useful in part because it's water insoluble. (Otherwise, your blue jeans would be white jeans after a wash.) Now that we can make indigo in bacteria, we're looking into the rest of process of dyeing fabric with it - could there be advantages to a biological approach? » 8/11/13 4:14pm 8/11/13 4:14pm