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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)
Rice synthetic biologists shine light on genetic circuit analysis
In a significant advance for the growing field of synthetic biology, Rice University bioengineers have created a toolkit of genes and hardware that uses colored lights and engineered bacteria to bring both mathematical predictability and cut-and-paste simplicity to the world of genetic circuit design. (2014-03-10)
Turing's theory of chemical morphogenesis validated 60 years after his death
Sixty years after Alan Turing's death, researchers from Brandeis University and the University of Pittsburgh have provided the first experimental evidence that validates Turing's theory of chemical morphogenesis in cell-like structures. (2014-03-10)
UT Arlington study links BPA and breast cancer tumor growth
A recent paper from researchers in Texas attempts to trace how bisphenol-A may promote breast cancer tumor growth with help from a molecule called RNA HOTAIR. (2014-03-06)
Synthetic spider silk strong enough for a superhero
Spider silk of fantastical, superhero strength is finally speeding toward commercial reality -- at least a synthetic version of it is. (2014-03-05)
York physicists pave the way for more energy efficient technology
An international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency. (2014-02-28)
Researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone
By engineering plants that emitted sex pheromones that mimic those naturally produced by two species of moths, researchers have demonstrated that an effective, environmentally friendly, plant-based method of insect control is possible. (2014-02-26)
Photopharmacology: Optoswitches turn pain off and sight on
Photoreactive compounds developed by scientists of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich directly modulate nerve-cell function and open new routes to the treatment of neurological diseases, including chronic pain and certain types of visual impairment. (2014-02-26)
NPL scientists blend synthetic air to measure climate change
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory have produced a synthetic air reference standard which can be used to accurately measure levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. (2014-02-26)
Antidote can deactivate new form of heparin
Low-molecular-weight heparin is commonly used in surgeries to prevent dangerous blood clots. (2014-02-26)
Researchers create synthetic version of heparin for use in kidney patients
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a synthetic form of low-molecular-weight heparin that can be reversed in cases of overdose and would be safer for patients with poor kidney function. (2014-02-23)
Molecular biology mystery unravelled
The nature of the machinery responsible for the entry of proteins into cell membranes has been unravelled by scientists, who hope the breakthrough could ultimately be exploited for the design of new anti-bacterial drugs. (2014-02-18)
Regenerating orthopedic tissues within the human body
A team of Duke University biomedical engineers has developed a polymer scaffold for growing cartilage that includes gene therapy vectors to induce stem cells to produce the growth factors they need. (2014-02-18)
Berkeley Lab researchers at AAAS 2014
Can more accurate climate models help us understand extreme weather events? (2014-02-13)
Discovery may help to explain mystery of 'missing' genetic risk
A new study could help to answer an important riddle in our understanding of genetics: why research to look for the genetic causes of common diseases has failed to explain more than a fraction of the heritable risk of developing them. (2014-02-13)
Discovery may help to explain mystery of 'missing' genetic risk
A new study could help to answer an important riddle in our understanding of genetics: why research to look for the genetic causes of common diseases has failed to explain more than a fraction of the heritable risk of developing them. (2014-02-13)
From artificial to natural, the food industry makes a major shift
Extracts from algae, rosemary and monk fruit could soon replace synthetic ingredients and food additives such as Blue No. (2014-02-12)
Nanomotors are controlled, for the first time, inside living cells
Nanomotors have been controlled inside living cells for the first time, report a team of chemists and engineers at Penn State University. (2014-02-10)
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