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An ecological risk research agenda for synthetic biology
Environmental scientists and synthetic biologists have for the first time developed a set of key research areas to study the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology. (2014-05-29)
Termite genome lays roadmap for 'greener' control measures
A team of international researchers has sequenced the genome of the Nevada dampwood termite, providing an inside look into the biology of the social insect and uncovering new genetic targets for pest control. (2014-05-20)
Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems
University of Akron scientists created synthetic duplicates of the super-sticky, silk 'attachment discs' that spiders use to attach their webs to surfaces. (2014-05-16)
Synthetic biology still in uncharted waters of public opinion
A new set of focus groups convened by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center found continued low awareness of synthetic biology, as well as concerns about specific applications. (2014-05-15)
Chemists design molecules for controlling bacterial behavior
Chemists in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University have figured out how to control multiple bacterial behaviors -- potentially good news for the treatment of infectious diseases and other bacteria-associated issues, without causing drug resistance. (2014-05-13)
No bioengineered gut bacteria, no glory
The motto 'no guts, no glory' may need rewriting if Rice University synthetic biologist Jeff Tabor succeeds in his quest to help the Navy create an edible probiotic bacterium that can help protect sailors and marines from obesity and depression. (2014-05-12)
Army drug users twice as likely to use synthetic marijuana as regular marijuana
Social work researchers from the University of Washington have found that among a group of active-duty Army personnel who use illicit drugs, the most abused substance is synthetic marijuana, which is harder to detect than other drugs through standard drug tests. (2014-05-08)
Scientists create first living organism that transmits added letters in DNA 'alphabet'
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA 'letters,' or bases, not found in nature. (2014-05-07)
Willetts announces new Engineering Fellowships for Growth
Leading academics from 10 UK universities have been awarded a total of £13 million in Fellowship grants to maintain the UK's research leadership in three areas identified as Great British Technologies; Advanced Materials, Robotic and Autonomous Systems, and Synthetic Biology. (2014-05-02)
Scientists discover endogenous dendritic cell-derived interleukin-27 promotes tumor growth
In a new report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, scientists lay the groundwork for the development of novel tumor therapies that may help rid the body of cancer by inhibiting the recruitment of a specific suppressive immune cell type called 'regulatory T-cells.' (2014-05-01)
Breaking up water: Controlling molecular vibrations to produce hydrogen
Converting methane into hydrogen is crucial for clean energy and agriculture. (2014-05-01)
Scientists recommend further research, delay in destruction of last stocks of smallpox
Variola, the virus that causes smallpox, is on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization. (2014-05-01)
Decoding the chemical vocabulary of plants
Plants spend their entire lifetime rooted to one spot. When faced with a bad situation, such as a swarm of hungry herbivores or a viral outbreak, they have no option to flee but instead must fight to survive. (2014-05-01)
Faster dental treatment with new photoactive molecule
Photoactive materials are used in modern dentistry, which harden when they are exposed to light. (2014-04-30)
EPSRC-funded book, Synthetic Aesthetics, launches at V&A
The emerging field of synthetic biology crosses the boundary between science and design, in order to design and manufacture biologically based parts, devices and systems that do not exist in the natural world, as well as the redesign of existing, natural biological systems. (2014-04-25)
Protecting olive oil from counterfeiters
Who guarantees that expensive olive oil isn't counterfeit or adulterated? (2014-04-24)
Queuing theory helps physicist understand protein recycling
Will Mather tries to extend an understanding of waiting in line to how cells operate, especially as it relates to what the consequences could be of protein traffic jams inside cells. (2014-04-21)
Building 'smart' cell-based therapies
Northwestern University synthetic biologist Joshua Leonard and his team have developed a technology for engineering human cells as therapies that become activated only in diseased tissues. (2014-04-17)
Berkeley Lab's Adam Arkin wins 2013 Lawrence Award
Adam Arkin, director of Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division, has been named one of six recipients of the 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. (2014-04-16)
The 2nd International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules 2014
The 2nd International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules 2014 is an annual event held by the ITbM, inviting prestigious speakers from around the world to enhance interdisciplinary research between molecular synthetic chemistry and plant biology. (2014-04-11)
Researchers show fruit flies have latent bioluminescence
A synthetic luciferin developed by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark -- otherwise known as bioluminescence. (2014-04-10)
UC San Diego researchers develop bacterial 'FM radio'
A team of biologists and engineers at UC San Diego has developed a 'rapid and tunable post-translational coupling' for genetic circuits. (2014-04-09)
Synthetic collagen promotes natural clotting
Synthetic collagen invented at Rice University may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood. (2014-04-09)
Synthetic gene circuits pump up cell signals
Synthetic genetic circuitry created by researchers at Rice University is helping them monitor cell mechanisms that degrade the misfolded proteins implicated in neurodegenerative diseases. (2014-04-08)
Slowdown of global warming fleeting
The recent slowdown in the warming rate of the Northern Hemisphere may be a result of internal variability of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation -- a natural phenomenon related to sea surface temperatures, according to Penn State researchers. (2014-04-07)
Math modeling integral to synthetic biology research
A long-standing challenge in synthetic biology has been to create gene circuits that behave in predictable and robust ways. (2014-04-04)
Guelph researchers solve part of hagfish slime mystery
University of Guelph researchers have unraveled some of the inner workings of slime produced by one of nature's most bizarre creatures -- hagfish. (2014-04-04)
Synthetic biology lab backed by £2 million award
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have been awarded £2M to build a state-of-the-art DNA synthesis facility, a capability offering much needed tools for genome engineering to the academic and private sectors. (2014-04-03)
Researchers uncover secrets of a mollusk's unique bioceramic armor
MIT researchers uncover the secrets behind a marine creature's defensive armor -- one that is exceptionally tough, yet optically clear. (2014-03-30)
Scientists synthesize first functional 'designer' chromosome in yeast
An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, Ph.D., director of NYU Langone Medical Center's Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels. (2014-03-27)
Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications. (2014-03-26)
Leading surgeons warn against media hype about tracheal regeneration
Reports of the two earliest tissue-engineered whole organ transplants using a windpipe, or trachea, created using the patient's own stem cells, were hailed as a breakthrough for regenerative medicine and widely publicized in the press. (2014-03-24)
Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs
A proof-of-concept experiment has shown that, by shifting evolution into reverse, it may be possible to use 'green chemistry' to make a number of costly synthetic drugs as easily and cheaply as brewing beer. (2014-03-23)
Fast synthesis could boost drug development
MIT chemists devise a new way to manufacture peptide drugs, which hold promise for treating many diseases. (2014-03-19)
The power of poison: Study examines pesticide poisoning of Africa's wildlife
Poisons are silent, effective and cheap, making them especially dangerous in Africa where they are used for both pest control and illegal poaching. (2014-03-19)
Bacterial reporters that get the scoop
A new engineered strain of E. coli bacteria non-destructively detected and recorded an environmental signal in the mouse gut, and remembered what it 'saw.' The advance could lead to a radically new screening tool for human gut health. (2014-03-17)
Bioscientists develop 'grammar' to design useful synthetic living systems
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems. (2014-03-13)
Turing's theory of morphogenesis validated 60 years after his death
Sixty years after Turing's death, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Brandeis University have provided the first experimental evidence that validates Turing's theory in cell-like structures. (2014-03-12)
New bilateral pilot opportunity will fund collaborations between US and UK bioscience researchers
A new, two-year pilot opportunity -- known as the US NSF/BIO-UK BBSRC Lead Agency Pilot Opportunity -- is being formally launched today. (2014-03-12)
New UC San Diego biosensor will guard water supplies from toxic threats
Supported by a $953,958 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, researchers at the University of California San Diego will develop a sophisticated new biosensor that can protect the nation's water supplies from a wide range of toxins, including heavy metals and other poisons. (2014-03-11)
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