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Tennessee researchers join call for responsible development of synthetic biology
Engineering biology is transforming technology and science. Researchers in the international Genome Project-write, including two authors from the UTIA Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology, outline the technological advances needed to secure a safe, responsible future in the Oct. (2019-10-17)
What gives a 3-meter-long Amazonian fish some of the toughest scales on Earth
Arapaima gigas is a big fish in a bigger river full of piranhas, but that doesn't mean it's an easy meal. (2019-10-16)
Synthetic cells make long-distance calls
Rice University synthetic biologists design transcriptional circuits that allow single-cell microbes to form networks that spur collective action, even in large communities. (2019-10-15)
A reliable clock for your microbiome
The microbiome is a treasure trove of information about human health and disease, but getting it to reveal its secrets is challenging. (2019-10-11)
Fentanyl's risk on the 'darknet'
US overdose deaths attributed to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, have increased from under 3,000 in 2013 to nearly 20,000 in 2016, making up half of all opioid-related overdose deaths. (2019-10-09)
A new strategy for the synthesis of complex natural products
Chemists from the University of Basel have succeeded in synthesizing two complex natural products from the group of dithiodiketopiperazines (DTPs). (2019-10-09)
Bottom-up synthesis of crystalline 2D polymers
Scientists at TU Dresden and Ulm University have succeeded in synthesizing sheet-like 2D polymers by a bottom-up process for the first time. (2019-09-25)
Powerful new synthetic vaccines to combat epidemics
A new type of vaccine that can be stored at warmer temperatures, removing the need for refrigeration, has been developed for mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya in a major advance in vaccine technology. (2019-09-25)
New synthetic polymer degradable under very mild acidic conditions
A new type of degradable synthetic polymer was prepared by Rh-catalyzed three-component polymerization of a bis(diazocarbonyl) compound, bis(1,3-diketone), and tetrahydrofuran. (2019-09-24)
Researchers resolve how fungi produce compounds with potential pharmaceutical applications
Research led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has solved a nearly 50-year-old mystery of how nature produces a large class of bioactive chemical compounds. (2019-09-23)
Older adults with COPD more likely to use synthetic cannabinoids, study finds
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that's often associated with a variety of health problems, including chronic muscle pain and insomnia. (2019-09-23)
Chinese scientists develop novel biophotovoltaics system
Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reported a novel biophotovoltaics (BPV) system based on a synthetic microbial consortium with constrained electron flow. (2019-09-20)
Researchers develop thermo-responsive protein hydrogel
Bio-engineering researchers have created a biocompatible, protein-based hydrogel that could serve as a drug delivery system durable enough to survive in the body for more than two weeks while providing sustained medication release. (2019-09-18)
Scientists construct energy production unit for a synthetic cell
Scientists at the University of Groningen have constructed synthetic vesicles in which ATP, the main energy carrier in living cells, is produced. (2019-09-18)
These pink sea urchins have teeth that sharpen themselves
Sea urchins have five teeth, each held by a separate jaw in a circular arrangement at the center of their spiked, spherical bodies. (2019-09-18)
AI-guided robotics enable automation of complex synthetic biological molecules
This article describes a platform that combines artificial intelligence-driven synthesis planning, flow chemistry and a robotically controlled experimental platform to minimize the need for human intervention in the synthesis of small organic molecules. (2019-09-17)
HKUST researchers unlock cancer-causing mechanism of E. coli toxin with synthetic biology approach
An inter-disciplinary team of researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) unraveled how a toxin released by Escherichia coli (E. coli) - a human gut bacteria, is connected to colorectal cancer, offering new insights to the health impact of this prevalent bacteria and facilitating future research on the prevention of this third most common cancer worldwide*. (2019-09-17)
Diamonds are forever: New foundation for nanostructures
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have fabricated a novel glass and synthetic diamond foundation that can be used to create miniscule micro -- and nanostructures. (2019-09-17)
Novel anti-cancer nanomedicine for efficient chemotherapy
Researchers have developed a new anti-cancer nanomedicine for targeted cancer chemotherapy. (2019-09-17)
Needle-free flu vaccine patch effective in early study
A new needle-free flu vaccine patch revved up the immune system much like a traditional flu shot without any negative side effects. (2019-09-16)
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but this reaction edits skeletons
Marcos G. Suero and his research group at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) present a new reaction that allows for the edition of organic molecule's skeletons, opening up new avenues of research. (2019-09-13)
Researchers produce synthetic Hall Effect to achieve one-way radio transmission
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have replicated one of the most well-known electromagnetic effects in physics, the Hall Effect, using radio waves (photons) instead of electric current (electrons). (2019-09-12)
Nerve-like 'optical lace' gives robots a human touch
A new synthetic material that creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system could enable soft robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions accordingly. (2019-09-11)
More targeted, less toxic: The golden future of cancer treatment
New synthetic molecules are up to 24 times more effective at killing cancer cells than a widely-used cancer drug and they're built with resistance-fighting features to keep them effective over time, unlike current chemotherapies. (2019-09-06)
Synthetic biologists extend functional life of cancer fighting circuitry in microbes
Bioengineers at University of California San Diego developed a method to significantly extend the life of gene circuits used to instruct microbes to do things like produce and deliver drugs, break down chemicals and sense the environment. (2019-09-05)
Most-comprehensive analysis of fentanyl crisis urges innovative action
The sudden appearance of the drug fentanyl in the US has driven up overdose deaths dramatically, even as the abuse of heroin and other opioids has shown signs of stabilizing. (2019-08-29)
Cell suicide could hold key for brain health and food security
Research into the self-destruction of cells in humans and plants could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative brain diseases and the development of disease-resistant plants. (2019-08-22)
A new way to 'hoard' resources in nano-sized factories targeted for biotech
The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld at Michigan State University has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. (2019-08-20)
BAFfling cancer growth strategies
More than one-fifth of all human cancers harbor mutations in one of the members of the BAF chromatin remodeling complex. (2019-08-20)
Nylon as a building block for transparent electronic devices?
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) led by Dr. (2019-08-16)
Bacteria made to mimic cells, form communities
Rice University scientists have found a way to make single-celled bacteria behave like stem cells, differentiating into genetically unique individuals as they divide. (2019-08-12)
Dyes and viruses create new composite material for photooxidation reactions
A recent study, published in Advanced Materials, shows that native viruses can be employed as a scaffold to immobilise photoactive molecules to potentially oxidise organic pollutants present in wastewater, under visible light irradiation. (2019-08-12)
Controlling the shape-shifting skeletons of cells
In studying the dynamic skeletons that cells use to move, Caltech researchers develop a new tool for manipulating chemistry and biology. (2019-08-08)
Pairing prediction and production in AI-informed robotic flow synthesis
Combining machine learning and robotic precision, researchers present an integrated strategy for computer-augmented chemical synthesis, one that successfully yielded 15 different medicinally related small molecules, they say. (2019-08-08)
Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths
A new Economic Inquiry study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths. (2019-08-07)
Scientists take step toward more efficient fuel refinement processes
Researchers at the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocesses Technology (QIBEBT) in China have made headway toward more sustainable and economic fuel production by developing a biochemical approach to allow more control over the conversion of natural gas into potable liquid fuel. (2019-07-31)
Next-generation medication: where chemistry meets computation
A group of Japanese researchers drastically enhanced and sped up the way to skeletally diverse indole alkaloids, composed of the medicinally-relevant scaffolds. (2019-07-30)
Expanding functions of conducting microbial nanowires for chemical, biological sensors
In the latest paper from the Geobacter Lab led by microbiologist Derek Lovley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he and colleagues report 'a major advance' in the quest to develop electrically conductive protein nanowires in the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens for use as chemical and biological sensors. (2019-07-29)
Human artificial chromosomes bypass centromere roadblocks
Human artificial chromosomes (HACs) could be useful tools for both understanding how mammalian chromosomes function and creating synthetic biological systems, but for the last 20 years, they have been limited by an inefficient artificial centromere. (2019-07-25)
Penn biochemists streamline construction method for human artificial chromosomes
Researchers describe a new way to form an essential part of the artificial chromosome, called the centromere, by bypassing the biological requirements needed to form a natural one. (2019-07-25)
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