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Exploring Biodigital Convergence

What happens when biology and digital technology merge?


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“Deathwives” Seek to Widen the Narrative Around Death and Dying

What do you call the partnership between a funeral director and a death doula? Founded in 2019, Deathwives is the collective project of Lauren Carroll and Erin Merelli, who want to create a support community and widen the narrative around death and dying.

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From CRISPR to Prime Editor, the evolution of gene-editing abilities

CRISPR is a gene-editing technique that has revolutionized the field with major breakthroughs, especially since 2012. A new tool, developed in 2019, may refine and surpass existing CRISPR technology.

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Bugbots: Harnessing insects

In 2017, the engineering firm Draper released details about its DragonflEye project. It showed that dragonflies can be “upgraded” with implanted solar-powered backpacks that tap into the bugs’ nervous system.

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The First US Law Targeting ‘Biohacking’

In June 2019, California passed the first law in the United States targeting ‘biohacking’, the practice of do-it-yourself gene editing.

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