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Scientists make DNA computer breakthrough
A team of researchers from China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University have created what may be the world’s first programmable DNA computer. In a paper published in prestigious magazine Nature they explained how they created DNA-based programmable gate arrays or “DPGAs” that can support more than 100 billion distinct computational circuits.
Spain set to unveil the potential of the biologisation of medicine and food production
At BioSpain 2023, several panels discussed the Spanish EU Presidency's goal of setting the course for the internationally competitive use of biotechnology in drug development, plant breeding and food production through a new non-bureaucratic legal framework. Thirty pre-selected start-ups demonstrated new approaches to make drug development more effective and to decarbonise food and industrial production. Experts agreed that the reform of EU pharmaceutical legislation and deregulation of new genomic techniques in plant breeding are crucial for EU biotech companies to catch up with leading biotech centres such as in the US and China.
Synthetic peptide could reduce vascular problems associated with COVID-ARDS
A synthetic peptide developed by researchers at the Medical College of Georgia could help reduce vascular problems associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome in COVID-19. In severe cases, COVID-19 is associated with the syndrome, which happens when fluid builds up in the tiny, elastic air sacs in the lungs, keeping them from filling with enough air and keeping oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. “These are the people who get the sickest from the virus,” says Rudolf Lucas, PhD, vascular biologist in the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia. “It is a pathology with a very bad prognosis. Many of these patients must go on a ventilator and a significant percentage of them succumb.”
These Bacteria Eat Plastic Waste—and Then Transform It Into Useful Products
The first time I heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I thought it was a bad joke. My incredulity soon turned to horror when I realized it’s real. The garbage patch, also known as the Pacific trash vortex, is a massive collection of debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Although made up of all sorts of human-generated waste, the main components are tiny pieces of microplastic.
Living hydrogel fibers unveiling a new era of sustainable engineered materials
In an era where the quest for sustainable, adaptable, and efficient materials is more urgent than ever, the field of engineered living materials (ELMs) is fast emerging as a promising avenue of research. ELMs, a novel class of biohybrid materials, unite the realms of living cells and non-living components, promising unprecedented dynamic and lifelike properties that traditional materials can’t offer.
Synthetic Microbial Ecosystem Sustainably Upcycles Plastic into Biodegradable Polymers
To combat the alarming rise in plastic pollution worldwide, researchers have developed a synthetic microorganism ecosystem that works collectively to upcycle plastics into desired chemicals. Instead of trying to synthesize a single organism that can perform all of the upcycling steps, the researchers utilized two strains of bacteria to efficiently degrade one of the most common plastics, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), into nontoxic, environment-friendly, and biodegradable polymers.
Bacterial biosensors: The future of analyte detection
Scientists can do some nifty things with microbes, including engineering bacterial cells to sense and signal the presence of specific compounds. These microbial whole-cell biosensors have numerous purposes, from detecting toxins in the environment to signaling infections or disease in humans. Propelled by advances in synthetic biology, researchers are continuing to refine the methodology for creating bacterial biosensors and are developing new ways to apply these devices to promote human and planetary health.
Using E. coli bacteria to detect deadly landmines safely
Researchers in Israel have announced a breakthrough in safely detecting landmines – using bacteria. They’ve developed tiny pellet-sized biosensors based on E. coli – better known as the cause intestinal infections. The biosensors are dispersed over the target area, where they sniff out the chemical signature of buried explosives and become luminescent. A drone then flies over, photographs them, and reveals the location of any landmine.
Nourish Ingredients teams with Boston Bioprocess to scale animal-free specialty fats
Nourish Ingredients, a frontrunner in the burgeoning ‘animal-free’ specialty fat segment, is teaming with Boston Bioprocess to efficiently scale the most “potent fat molecules” responsible for replicating the “animalic” aroma, flavor and taste of meat but from wild fungi strains or with the help of synthetic biology and genetically engineered oleaginous yeast strains.
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.