At least since the printing press led to the discovery of cells, advances in technology have led to discoveries in biology. This special section of Science magazine describes astounding examples of how science and technology dance together and spur one another on. DNA writing and editing, along with advances in microscopy and increased computing power, have yielded ever more accurate pictures of the molecular landscape inside cells. These articles will engage and inspire scientists and technologists alike.
In this summary, you will learn
- What CRISPR-Cas is and how it has been used to edit DNA and perform other molecular manipulations in the lab;
- How the information coding properties of DNA are being used as molecular recording devices;
- How advances in microscopy and computing have allowed us to see the structure of individual biomolecules; and
- Why advances in microscopy and computing have allowed scientists to see the interactions between the molecular components of living cells.
About the Authors
Authors include Steve Mao, Valda Vinson, Gavin J. Knott, Jennifer A. Doudna, Fahim Farzadfard, Timothy K. Lu, Yifan Cheng, Yaron M. Sigal, Ruobo Zhou, and Xiaowei Zhuang.