Cyntellect announced this week that it has received a phase II SBIR grant worth $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop its laser-based transfection technology.

The technology — known as LEAP, or laser-enabling analysis and processing — involves temporarily permeabilizing cells with a laser so that a variety of molecules, including siRNAs, can be transfected. The laser is also used to destroy untransfected cells, so that researchers end up with a pure set of transfected cells.

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Gene drives might run into biological resistance, the Economist reports.

Forensic experts exhumed painter Salvador Dalí's body to collect DNA for a paternity test, CBS News reports.

Yale Environment 360 writes that synthetic and conservation biologists aren't always on the same wavelength, but they are trying to reach an understanding.

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