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Synthetic Genetic Circuits Precisely Modify Plant Root Growth
Scientists have developed a toolbox of transcriptional regulators for plants and show that they can be used to construct synthetic genetic circuits that predictably modify root growth. Their work is an important step in designing crops with improved productivity that adapt well to climate change.
3D printed human cornea developed by team of clinicians and scientists in India
A team of researchers in the city of Hyderabad, India, have successfully 3D printed an artificial cornea and transplanted it into a rabbit eye. Researchers from L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) and the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, have collaborated to develop a 3D printed cornea from the human donor corneal tissue.
Cemvita Is Fighting Climate Change with Synthetic Biology
Cemvita Factory is on a mission to combat climate change using cost-effective, low-carbon solutions that have a net positive impact on the environment. The Houston-based biotech firm is a synthetic biology platform company whose central goal is to decarbonize the heavy industry, reducing the environmental impact of numerous industries from mining to oil and gas . . .
How CHIPS and Science Act Benefits Microbiology
The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductor (CHIPS) and Science Act, which President Biden signed into law on August 9, 2022, benefits a wide range of agencies and disciplines, including microbiology. The $280 billion package reauthorizes and supports the federal government’s scientific research and development infrastructure. This legislation allows Congressional appropriators to fund multibillion-dollar budget increases over the next 5 years for key funders of microbial science research, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
What If Cells Kept Receipts of Their Gene Expression?
AT FIRST GLANCE, an Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) bacterium looks a bit like a Cheeto, with the same puffy cylindrical shape. But it is a Cheeto lookalike with incredible immune defenses. Behind the bacteria’s unassuming exterior are complex systems that help protect it from attacks by foreign invaders. For Seth Shipman, a bioengineer at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California, leveraging these defenses has opened new technological possibilities for recording gene expression in cells. “We’re taking a bunch of bacterial parts and repurposing them for biotechnology that they weren’t intended to be used for,” he says.
Rice team eyes cells for sophisticated data storage
Remember Escherichia coli? Pretty soon, these handy bacteria may remember you too, now that Rice University synthetic biologists have won National Science Foundation (NSF) support to modify living cells to act as memory-storage devices. The agency will send $1.5 million to Rice for research by principal investigator Jonathan Silberg, the Stewart Memorial Professor of Biochemistry, and his colleagues to make the equivalent of read-write-erase memories commonly found in computers and other devices.
Biohacking Market is Driven by Rising Demand for Smart Devices and Effective Drugs
Experiments in the field of biology includes the use of drugs or gene editing or implants which improve the capabilities or qualities of living organisms. This is done by the individuals and their groups working in a scientific research environment or a traditional medical laboratory. Biohacking is managing one's own biology with the combination of nutritional, electronic, and medical technologies. It is also referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biology.
Monod Bio Closes $25M Seed Financing to Advance Biosensor Technology Platform
Monod Bio, a life sciences company developing custom diagnostic biosensors that emit light to detect specific biomolecules of interest, today announced it has raised a $25M seed financing round. The round was led by Matrix Capital, with participation from the Global Health Investment Corporation, Cercano Management, The Washington Research Foundation, Boom Capital Ventures, Sahsen Ventures, and Pack Ventures.
More than meets the eye: How patterns in nature arise and inspire everything from scientific theory to biodegradable materials
Nature is full of patterns. Among them are tiling patterns, which mimic what you'd see on a tiled bathroom floor, characterized by both tiles and interfaces – such as grout – in between. In nature, a giraffe's coloring is an example of a tiling pattern. But what makes these natural patterns form?
Stanford researchers have designed synthetic genetic circuits that could help plants adapt to pressures from climate change
Researchers at Stanford University are working on ways to manipulate biological processes in plants to help them grow more efficiently and effectively in a variety of conditions. Jennifer Brophy, an assistant professor of bioengineering, and her colleagues have designed a series of synthetic genetic circuits that allow them to control the decisions made by different types of plant cells. In a paper published recently in Science, they used these tools to grow plants with modified root structures.