Sophia Webster

July 10, 2017 | Staff

Graduate student Sophia Webster is trying to fight Zika by engineering mosquitoes that won’t spread the disease....

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Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)

July 7, 2017 | Patti Mulligan

While all technologies have societal and ethical implications, emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence and genetic engineering) often pose unique ethical challenges. As advances are made in the fields of engineering, it is vital that issues...

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Synthetic Microorganisms for Agricultural Use

July 6, 2017 | Patti Mulligan

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to exceed 9 billion people. A challenge to this rising food demand is that crops will have to be grown on the same or less land as today. Additionally, global climate change is causing considerable uncertainty in the ability of the current food production system to adapt to an unknown future. To address these issues sustainably, scientists from many disciplines have been investigating ways to increase crop yields and prepare for a changing climate. Considerable effort has focused on enhancing the traits of the crop plants themselves, to enhance their growth, make them resistant to disease, or tolerant to environmental stressors like drought or high salinity conditions. Conversely, a growing area of research is looking at how microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, influence these plant characteristics....

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Variation at a Central Metabolic Gene Influences Male Fruit Fly Lifespan

June 29, 2017 | Staff

Why do females outlive males? For fruit flies, the answer can be found in the expression of an important metabolism gene....

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Leadership in Public Science: Meet Jean Goodwin

June 7, 2017 | Staff

Leadership in Public Science cluster member Jean Goodwin studies how scientists and the public communicate with each other....

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Read "Citizen Health Innovators: Exploring Stories of Modern Health" from BioCoder, Spring 2017

Todd Kuiken in BioCoder: Citizen Health Innovators

May 5, 2017 | Patti Mulligan

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Many would argue that their greatest necessity is health. So what happens when treatments are ineffective or unavailable? Today, in the age of crowdfunding, some people are taking matters into their own hands and developing their own treatments, including surgical techniques, gene therapies and molecular therapies. GES Senior Research Scholar Dr. Todd Kuiken, together with international science policy expert Eleonore Pauwels, of The Wilson Center, explores the risks, regulatory issues, and implications of the emerging DIY, "patient-powered" health research movement in the Spring 2017 issue of BioCoder....

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NC State Honors Outstanding Faculty

May 4, 2017 | Staff

NC State recognized 28 faculty members for their dedication to teaching, learning, research and service during the 2017 Celebration of Faculty Excellence on May 2. The annual event honors faculty who have won prestigious state, national and international awards and created new knowledge and advancements in their respective disciplines....

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Read "U.S. Regulations for Biotechnology Are Woefully Out of Date" on Slate.com

Jennifer Kuzma quoted in Slate on biotech regulatory issues

May 3, 2017 | Patti Mulligan

Biotechnology is moving at lightening speed, especially with the advances in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. However, policies and regulations lag far behind, leaving potentially dangerous gaps in classification and oversight. Dr. Jennifer Kuzma, GES...

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Read Dr. Brown's article "Economic, Regulatory and International Implications of Gene Drives in Agriculture" in Choices

Zack Brown publishes article in Choices on the ‘Economic, Regulatory and International Implications of Gene Drives in Agriculture”

May 3, 2017 | Patti Mulligan

Agricultural pests, such as fruit flies and mosquitoes, cause billions of dollars in crops losses and spread life-threatening diseases, including malaria and Zika. Many researchers, including NC State IGERT students, are working to develop gene...

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Read 'DARPA’s Synthetic Biology Initiatives Could Militarize the Environment' in Slate

Todd Kuiken publishes Slate article discussing concerns with DARPA’s SynBio Initiatives

May 3, 2017 | Patti Mulligan

GES Research Scholar Dr. Todd Kuiken has concerns about DARPA, who’s investments are “bending the entire field of synthetic biology towards military applications.” Will DARPA’s initiatives lead to the militarization of the natural environment?...

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