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The Acceleration Of Knowledge: A Glimpse Into The Future
In our rapidly changing world, it’s no secret that knowledge is expanding at an astonishing rate. The saying goes that “ninety percent of what we will know in fifty years will be discovered in those fifty years.” While we can’t predict the exact percentage, there’s no denying the exponential growth of human understanding. In this blog, we’ll explore the factors contributing to this phenomenon and what it means for the future.
Fast-Track Strain Engineering for Speedy Biomanufacturing
Using engineered microbes as microscopic factories has given the world steady sources of life-saving drugs, revolutionized the food industry, and allowed us to make sustainable versions of valuable chemicals previously made from petroleum. But behind each biomanufactured product on the market today is the investment of years of work and many millions of dollars in research and development funding. Berkeley Lab scientists want to help the burgeoning industry reach new heights by accelerating and streamlining the process of engineering microbes to produce important compounds with commercial-ready efficiency.
AI Accelerates Ability to Program Biology Like Software
Artificial intelligence is turbocharging the frontiers of biological research, helping scientists program living organisms much as a software engineer might write code. Some scientists are even creating new proteins not found in nature. The field, known as synthetic biology, is breaking down barriers in medical science and pharmaceuticals as well as food science and agriculture, energy and climate change research.
Synthetic biology tool comprehensively reveals gene regulatory networks in E. coli
The intricate interplay of gene expression within living cells is akin to a well-orchestrated symphony, with each gene playing its part in perfect harmony to ensure cells function as they should. At the heart of this symphony are transcription factors (TFs), molecular maestros that regulate the expression of genes by binding to specific DNA sequences known as promoters.
Here Come the Glow-in-the-Dark Houseplants
FOR KAREN SARKISYAN, there are few things more awe-inspiring than a dark room full of glowing petunias. He wants more people to experience that magic and envisions a future lush with bioluminescent plants, like in the 2009 movie Avatar. “I think there’s just a sense of intrinsic excitement about things that glow in the dark,” says Sarkisyan, a synthetic biologist at Imperial College London and one of the engineers behind the petunias. He is also cofounder of the Idaho-based biotech company Light Bio, which this month got permission from the US Department of Agriculture to sell its glowing petunias in the United States. The company is planning to start shipping the plants in early 2024.
Synthetic Biology Moves From the Lab to the Marketplace
Synthetic biology increasingly is moving from the laboratory to the marketplace, where it could help companies meet rising demand for sustainable materials, foods and fuels, therapies and vaccines. Improvements in computing power and artificial intelligence are helping scientists code living organisms for new outcomes and functionality. Here are some of the companies in the space that are using artificial intelligence to help lead the charge.
Breakthrough in Landmine Detection: Enzymit-Enabled TNT Biosensor Developed in Collaboration with Hebrew University
Enzymit, a bioproduction platform company developing cell-free enzymatic manufacturing technology, today announced a breakthrough in landmine detection through the development of a novel protein-based biosensor that can accurately detect unexploded ordnance (UXO).
Colossal Biosciences Joins BioRescue in Its Mission to Save the Northern White Rhino From Extinction
Colossal Biosciences (“Colossal”), the world’s first de-extinction company, and BioRescue, a consortium initiating and leading the scientific rescue mission of the northern white rhino employing advanced assisted reproduction technologies and stem cell associated techniques, have teamed up to save the northern white rhino from extinction. The partnership will also develop a roadmap for future rescue missions of endangered species using the world leading expertise of both organizations. Together they will work to improve, develop, and implement strategies in the fields of wildlife conservation research and wildlife veterinary medicine, providing approaches to reduce the sixth mass extinction.
Genetically Modified Bacteria Break Down Plastics in Saltwater
Researchers have genetically engineered a marine microorganism to break down plastic in salt water. Specifically, the modified organism can break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a plastic used in everything from water bottles to clothing that is a significant contributor to microplastic pollution in oceans.
Customizing nanoelectronic sensors for the detection of viral antigens
The outbreak of the COVID pandemic in 2020 has once again shown how important reliable and rapid detection methods are to initiate effective measures to combat a pandemic. Scientists from the Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at TU Dresden (TUD) have made considerable progress in the development of highly innovative solutions for the detection of viral pathogens in two studies they presented recently.