Keep Up with the Biological Revolution

Codon is a newsletter that delivers:

  • The latest peer-reviewed research, preprints, and reviews about biotechnology and the bioeconomy, including CRISPR, synthetic biology & genetic engineering.

  • Essays about biotechnology, cool science, and other miscellaneous topics.

My goal is to make sense of this remarkable era of biotechnology. The 21st century is truly a biological revolution; the century in which we make the greatest improvements in our understanding of cells, genes, proteins, and the molecular mechanisms of living organisms.

Through Codon, I aim to help humanity understand and build a more flourishing, bio-focused future.

About Niko McCarty

I’m a journalist, programmer, and former synthetic biologist. My goal is to advance biology through science and storytelling.

I hold an M.S. in bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology, MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology from Imperial College London, where I was a Fulbright Scholar, and an M.A. in science journalism from New York University.

My peer-reviewed research has appeared in Nature Communications, eLife, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and elsewhere. I’ve published papers or hold patents for CRISPR technologies, multiplexed guide RNAs, and engineered microbial communities.

Learn more at or on Twitter (@NikoMcCarty).

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Niko McCarty
Head of Media at New Science. I want to accelerate academia and innovation. Former bioengineer. Writing about synthetic biology, humanity, and science. (Words do not reflect employer's views.)
Joaquin Gutierrez
I'm a PhD student at ETH Zurich working on control of bacterial communities. My interests include genetic circuits, microbial ecology, evolution. I also use my piano to study the neighbor's stress response.