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New system shows the earliest life could cooperate despite “cheaters”

Work confirms some ideas for how the first life managed to grow in complexity.

Inching closer to a DNA-based file system

Microsoft Research adds the concept of random access to files stored in DNA.

A gene that keeps track of how often it’s made into a protein

The more protein that’s made, the more likely the gene is to be shut down.

Bacteria under pressure run reaction in reverse to sequester carbon

An enzyme that normally digests formic acid will happily make it.

Life, but not as we know it

Unnatural DNA used to encode unnatural proteins, all in otherwise normal cells.