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IndieBio 2017

A look at the cutting-edge technology featured at the most recent IndieBio Demo Day.

Enlarged C. elegans.

Are worms the future of drug development?

NemaMetrix’s ScreenChip collects live-animal, high-throughput C. elegans elecropharyngeograms (EPGs), which are an indication of overall organism health for drug development.

NASA astronaut Greg Chamitoff conducting extravehicular activity (EVA) on the International Space Station, 2011.

Genes in space

Julian Rubinfien discusses the Genes in Space contest and his winning experiment that will be sent to the International Space Station.

Illustration of connections

Building artificial connectomes

Artificial connectomes have the potential to teach behavior into a system without the need to remove behavior from established animal connectomes.

Seaweed in water

A biotech wave at SXSW

Have a biotech topic you want to discuss at South by Southwest? Submissions for the 2017 event are due by July 22, 2016.

Bento Lab. Press image used with permission.

Lab in a box

Bento Bioworks wants to free DIYbio enthusiasts up to spend time on projects, not scouring the Internet for used equipment.

Contrail and tree

IndieBio demo day

The second annual IndieBio Demo Day had a feeling reminiscent of Silicon Valley in the late 1970s.

Science fair

Building with biology

If a civically-minded synthetic biologist wants to engage with the public, where do they start?

Cover image from Biocoder Issue 6 (Winter 2015)

Announcing BioCoder issue 6

BioCoder 6: iGEM's first Giant Jamboree, an update from the #ScienceHack Hack-a-thon, the Open qPCR project, and more.