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Release the sperm!

While preparing a class about synthetic biology, I came across this older paper that actually shows a practical application for synthetic biology.  Kemmer et al. describe a new technique for artificial insemination of cows in the Journal of Controlled Release (in 2011).  I’m not condoning these practices in cows; that is a debate for another … Continue reading Release the sperm!

Swapping eggs

This week’s paper describes a new technique that could be used to manipulate human oocytes (i.e. eggs) to prevent a group of diseases called mitochondrial diseases.  The paper was presented by Tachibana et al. in Nature along with a similar paper by Paull et al.  For the sake of brevity, I will only discuss the … Continue reading Swapping eggs