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Rutgers researchers identify the origins of metabolism
A Rutgers-led study sheds light on one of the most enduring mysteries of science: How did metabolism -- the process by which life powers itself by converting energy from food into movement and growth -- begin? (2019-07-01)
Take two E. coli and call me in the morning
What if the bacteria in your daily probiotic were also able to detect diseases in the gut and indicate when something is awry? (2019-06-28)
Robot arm tastes with engineered bacteria
A robotic gripping arm that uses engineered bacteria to 'taste' for a specific chemical has been developed by engineers at UC Davis and Carnegie Mellon University. (2019-06-26)
Helping the body's ability to grow bone
For the first time, scientists have been able to study how well synthetic bone grafts stand up to the rigors and 'strains' of life, and how quickly they help bone re-grow and repair. (2019-06-24)
A chemical approach to imaging cells from the inside
A team of researchers has developed a new technique for mapping cells. (2019-06-20)
Making systems robust
Both nature and technology rely on integral feedback mechanisms to ensure that systems resist external perturbations. (2019-06-19)
Scientists chart course toward a new world of synthetic biology
A UC Berkeley team with NSF funding has compiled a roadmap for the future of synthetic or engineering biology, based on the input of 80 leaders in the field from more than 30 institutions. (2019-06-19)
Synthetic joint lubricant holds promise for osteoarthritis
A new type of treatment for osteoarthritis, currently in canine clinical trials, shows promise for eventual use in humans. (2019-06-19)
Carbon-neutral fuels move a step closer
Chemists at EPFL have developed an efficient process for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a key ingredient of synthetic fuels and materials. (2019-06-13)
Lower rates of opioid prescriptions in states that implemented medical cannabis use laws
Using data from privately-insured adults, new findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston revealed that there is a lower level of opioids prescribed in states that have allowed the use of medical marijuana. (2019-06-11)
New method for engineering metabolic pathways
Two approaches provide a faster way to create enzymes and analyze their reactions, leading to the design of more complex molecules. (2019-06-05)
Researchers can now predict properties of disordered polymers
Thanks to a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, scientists are able to read patterns on long chains of molecules to understand and predict behavior of disordered strands of proteins and polymers. (2019-06-03)
3D printed artificial corneas similar to human ones
Professor Dong-Woo Cho of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Jinah Jang of Creative IT Convergence Engineering, and Ms. (2019-05-28)
Synthetic version of CBD treats seizures in rats
A synthetic, non-intoxicating analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating seizures in rats, according to research by chemists at UC Davis. (2019-05-28)
Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage
One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that's generated from wind, solar and waves. (2019-05-23)
Scientists create new standard genome for heavily studied worm
A new Cornell University-led study finds that the genome for a widely researched worm, on which countless studies are based, was flawed. (2019-05-23)
Ancient toy inspires tool for state-of-the-art science
A 5,000-year-old toy still enjoyed by kids today has inspired an inexpensive, hand-powered scientific tool that could not only impact how field biologists conduct their research but also allow high-school students and others with limited resources to realize their own state-of-the-art experiments. (2019-05-22)
As more veterans die of opioid overdoses, study shows need to focus beyond prescriptions
A dramatic rise in opioid overdose deaths among American veterans in recent years has happened mainly among veterans dying from heroin and synthetic opioids, a new study shows. (2019-05-22)
Re-designing hydrogenases
EPFL chemists have synthesized the first ever functional non-native metal hydrogenase. (2019-05-21)
Developing biosecurity tool to detect genetically engineered organisms in the wild
If a genetically or synthetically engineered organism gets into the environment, how will we tell it apart from the millions of naturally occurring microorganisms? (2019-05-21)
Synthetic biologists hack bacterial sensors
Synthetic biologists have hacked bacterial sensing with a plug-and-play system that could be used to mix-and-match tens of thousands of sensory inputs and genetic outputs. (2019-05-20)
Designing biological movement on the nanometer scale
Synthetic proteins have now been created that can move in response to their environment in predictable and tunable ways. (2019-05-16)
Cell membrane as coating materials to better surface engineering of nanocarriers
Coating natural cell membranes on synthetic nanocarriers represents an innovative strategy of surface engineering. (2019-05-14)
Cell architects: 'Smart cells' improve production of pharmaceutical raw materials
Researchers in Japan have developed an integrated synthetic biology system to construct new metabolic pathways and enzymes within microbes. (2019-05-07)
Teaching CRISPR and antibiotic resistance to high school students
A Northwestern University-led team has developed BioBits, a suite of hands-on educational kits that enable students to perform a range of biological experiments by adding water and simple reagents to freeze-dried cell-free reactions. (2019-05-07)
Mechanics, chemistry and biomedical research join forces for noninvasive tissue therapy
A fortuitous conversation between two University of Illinois scientists has opened a new line of communication between biomedical researchers and the tissues they study. (2019-05-06)
Crowd oil -- Fuels from air-conditioning systems
Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Toronto have proposed a method enabling air conditioning and ventilation systems to produce synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water from the ambient air. (2019-05-03)
These trippy images were designed by AI to super-stimulate monkey neurons
To find out which sights specific neurons in monkeys 'like' best, researchers designed an algorithm, called XDREAM, that generated images that made neurons fire more than any natural images the researchers tested. (2019-05-02)
Synthetic biology used to target cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue, study reports
Synthetic proteins engineered to recognize overly active biological pathways can kill cancer cells while sparing their healthy peers, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2019-05-02)
Scientists discover how superbugs hide from their host
New research led by the University of Sheffield has discovered how a hospital superbug evades the immune system to cause infection -- paving the way for new treatments. (2019-05-02)
Putting vision models to the test
MIT neuroscientists have performed the most rigorous testing yet of computational models that mimic the brain's visual cortex. (2019-05-02)
Algorithms predicting gene interactions could make cancer treatments more effective
Researchers have developed a database which uses algorithms to predict gene interactions and can help clinicians search for more effective therapeutic solutions to cancer. (2019-05-01)
Partitioning of porous materials
Gases and pollutants can be filtered from air and liquids by means of porous, crystalline materials, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). (2019-04-29)
Berkeley Lab science snapshots April 2019
Three science briefs from Berkeley Lab. (2019-04-29)
Nanosized container with photoswitches: release of cargo upon irradiation in water
Researchers at Tokyo Tech have developed a nanosized container bearing photoswitches that takes up hydrophobic compounds of various size and shape in water and subsequently releases them quantitatively by non-invasive light stimulus. (2019-04-24)
Perfume makers seek natural, sustainable scents
In 1921, perfumer Ernest Beaux discovered that adding synthetic aldehydes to natural rose and jasmine scents produced just the right fragrance combination for the iconic CHANEL® No. (2019-04-24)
Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria
A University of Rochester biologist invented an inexpensive and environmentally friendly method for making artificial nacre using an innovative component: bacteria. (2019-04-23)
Biomimetics: Artificial receptor distinguishes between male and female hormones
Researchers at Tokyo Tech have revealed that an artificial receptor preferentially binds male steroid hormones from a mixture of male and female hormones in water. (2019-04-22)
Light and peptides: New method diversifies natural building blocks of life
EPFL chemists have developed a new, light-based method for modifying peptides at the C-terminal position. (2019-04-18)
Multistep self-assembly opens door to new reconfigurable materials
Self-assembling synthetic materials come together when tiny, uniform building blocks interact and form a structure. (2019-04-18)
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