Biological machine: ‘Living computer’ made by printing cells on paper

Biological machine: ‘Living computer’ made by printing cells on paper

From tablets and laptops to PCs and smartphones, we have many electronic devices to fill every moment in our lives ...
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Five reasons to be optimistic about the future of genome editing

Though the past year delivered social, economic, health and personal difficulties that challenged people across the globe, science strutted its ...
Masks that kill viruses? Meet the next generation of face coverings

Masks that kill viruses? Meet the next generation of face coverings

In the near future, if you’re on a plane and the person next to you sneezes, you could be wearing ...
Opening the door to understanding infertility: Skin cells reprogrammed into a model human embryo

Opening the door to understanding infertility: Skin cells reprogrammed into a model human embryo

[Scientists have made a] significant breakthrough for the future study of early human development and infertility. To date, the only ...
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Food of the future: Will plant-based and lab-grown proteins become household staples?

Plant-based meats are now a fixture at fast-food restaurants around the world, and plant-based milk is a household staple. Alternatives ...
Lunar DNA ark? Scientists want to cryogenically store the genes of 6.7 million species on the moon, just in case

Lunar DNA ark? Scientists want to cryogenically store the genes of 6.7 million species on the moon, just in case

[A “lunar ark” gene bank, could] be safely hidden in [the moon's] hollowed-out tunnels and caves sculpted by lava more ...
Gene doping: The next 'big issue' in world athletics

Gene doping: The next ‘big issue’ in world athletics

In 2020, the Polish developer CD Projekt Red launched Cyberpunk 2077, a video game that pulled players in to a ...
Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

In the 1970s, [biomedical engineer William] Dobelle had shown that electrically stimulating visual brain areas (the visual cortex) caused people ...
Viewpoint: How a God-like superintelligent AI set free in the world could destroy us

Viewpoint: How a God-like superintelligent AI set free in the world could destroy us

The person in the photo that sits to the left of this paragraph does not exist. It was generated using Artificial ...
GM fish coming soon: Major US seafood wholesaler will carry AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon

GM fish coming soon: Major US seafood wholesaler will carry AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.-based wholesale restaurant supplier [Samuels & Sons] is giving [AquaBounty’s] RAS-raised GE salmon a shot, despite the ...
Jennifer Doudna on how CRISPR is moving out of the lab to transform medicine and revolutionize disease treatments

Jennifer Doudna on how CRISPR is moving out of the lab to transform medicine and revolutionize disease treatments

In 2021, we will see increased use of CRISPR-Cas enzymes to underpin a new generation of cost-effective, individualised therapies. With ...
What makes a face attractive? How AI interprets the subjective notions of human beauty

What makes a face attractive? How AI interprets the subjective notions of human beauty

Researchers at the University of Helsinki and University of Copenhagen investigated whether a computer would be able to identify the ...
‘Space farming’: Bacteria discovered on International Space Station could aid plant growth on Mars

‘Space farming’: Bacteria discovered on International Space Station could aid plant growth on Mars

A team led by scientists at the University of Southern California characterized four strains of bacteria isolated from the International ...
Biden Administration reviewing USDA proposal to take over animal gene-editing regulation from FDA

Biden Administration reviewing USDA proposal to take over animal gene-editing regulation from FDA

A Department of Agriculture spokesman said in February that [the decision to shift regulatory authority of genetically modified livestock] is ...
Why gene drives may be necessary to maintain healthy ecosystems

Why gene drives may be necessary to maintain healthy ecosystems

Gene driving is the process of introducing altered genes into a population capable of inducing infertility in females — which ...
Video: Lab-grown meat is a global sensation. But can it really help battle climate change?

Video: Lab-grown meat is a global sensation. But can it really help battle climate change?

Last year, Singapore became the first country to allow the sale of lab-grown meat.  BBC Minute takes a look at ...
Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

From Borneo to Britain, it’s the scientific breakthrough that captured the world’s attention. No, not the Perseverance rover landing on ...
‘A golden age of vaccinology’: Gene-based vaccines can combat infectious diseases of the future

‘A golden age of vaccinology’: Gene-based vaccines can combat infectious diseases of the future

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, which was authorized [February 27] for use in the U.S., is at the vanguard of ...
44 zettabytes: All the world’s data could be stored in a test tube. Here’s how

44 zettabytes: All the world’s data could be stored in a test tube. Here’s how

The amount of global data is estimated to be around 44 zettabytes. A 15-million-square-foot warehouse can hold 1 billion gigabytes, ...
Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Elizabeth Ann had just turned 21 days old — surely a milestone for any ferret but a particularly meaningful one ...
Organs on a chip? Device tracks Parkinson’s disease by modeling how the gut microbiome interacts with the brain, liver, and colon

Organs on a chip? Device tracks Parkinson’s disease by modeling how the gut microbiome interacts with the brain, liver, and colon

[B]acteria living in our gut can influence some neurological diseases. To help researchers better understand how this gut-brain axis communicates, ...
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Here is COVID good news: It’s jumpstarted biomedical innovation

As we look back at the past few months, I see three lessons that health care researchers can take from ...
20 year anniversary of the mapping of the human genome: What does the future hold?

20 year anniversary of the mapping of the human genome: What does the future hold?

The coalescence of bioinformatics and computational biology around algorithms has... given rise to new institutional forms and new markets for ...
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RNA hacking: How the miraculous tools of the genetics revolution will transform healthcare and the world

RNA hacking: How the miraculous tools of the genetics revolution will transform healthcare and the world

[mRNA COVID] vaccines, in essence, transform our bodies into personalized manufacturing plants producing an otherwise foreign object to trigger our ...
Cancer detection in minutes? New device measures biomarker exosomes on a chip

Cancer detection in minutes? New device measures biomarker exosomes on a chip

Leyla Esfandiari Ph.D., is an assistant professor [at the University of Cincinnati’s] College of Engineering and Applied Science. She has ...
Could ‘living DNA hard drives’ solve the coming data storage crisis?

Could ‘living DNA hard drives’ solve the coming data storage crisis?

Scientists working with CRISPR technology have made advancements in encoding data inside the DNA of bacteria, essentially creating “living hard ...
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