“It’s something that people read about, it’s something people see that’s cutting edge,” says Josiah Zayner, a former synthetic biologist at NASA. “Yet it’s so accessible, it’s something that you can do in your home, on your kitchen table.”

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A new kit called Amino promises home-brew bioengineering for less than the price of a MacBook

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Amateurs are ready and able to try the CRISPR technique for rewriting genes

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Brian Bartlett lost his leg at 24. Rose Eveleth hears how a man who just wanted to ski again invented a new kind of knee

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