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The search for improved carbon sponges picks up speed

May 26, 2010
biotech

A new class of materials with a record-shattering internal surface area may have the right stuff to efficiently strip carbon dioxide from a power plant’s exhaust. Lab scientists hope to find out soon.


New Flu Vaccines Could Protect Against All Strains

May 25, 2010
biotech

A new vaccine, successfully tested on mice, may be able to provide some protection against all strains of influenza.




USF researchers: Early clamping may interrupt humankind’s first ‘natural stem cell transplant’

May 24, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Dr. Paul Sanberg psanberg@health.usf.edu 813-974-3154 University of South Florida Health USF researchers: Early clamping may interrupt humankind’s first ‘natural stem cell transplant’ Tampa, Fla. (May 24, 2010) – The timing of umbilical cord clamping at birth should be delayed just a few min…


Antibacterial silver nanoparticles are a blast

May 24, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Rani Pattabi ranimpattabi@rediffmail.com 91-944-861-8062 Inderscience Publishers Writing in the International Journal of Nanoparticles, Rani Pattabi and colleagues at Mangalore University, explain how blasting silver nitrate solution with an electron beam can generate nanoparticles that are more effective at kil…


Can bacteria make you smarter?

May 24, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Garth Hogan ghogan@asmusa.org American Society for Microbiology Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior according to research presented today at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego. “Mycobacter…


A knowledge-based economy creates good jobs, even when times are bad.

May 23, 2010
biotech

For example, a recent study by the research firm Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization found that, in the first …Click Here to Read More


Congress Opens Investigation Into Genetic Testing Companies

May 21, 2010
biotech

A Congressional committee is starting what could be a wide-ranging investigation into companies like 23andme that do genetic testing.




First self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell

May 20, 2010
biotech

Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published results today describing the successful construction …Click Here to Read More


Synthetic biology: And man made life

May 20, 2010
biotech

Artificial life, the stuff of dreams and nightmares, has arrived

TO CREATE life is the prerogative of gods. Deep in the human psyche, whatever the rational pleadings of physics and chemistry, there exists a sense that biology is different, is more than just the sum of atoms moving about and reacting with one another, is somehow infused with a divine spark, a vital essence. It may come as a shock, then, that mere mortals have now made artificial life.

Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith, the two American biologists who unravelled the first DNA sequence of a living organism (a bacterium) in 1995, have made a bacterium that has an artificial genome—creating a living creature with no ancestor (see article). Pedants may quibble that only the DNA of the new beast was actually manufactured in a laboratory; the researchers had to use the shell of an existing bug to get that DNA to do its stuff. Nevertheless, a Rubicon has been crossed. It is now possible to conceive of a world in which new bacteria (and eventually, new animals and plants) are designed on a computer and then grown to order. …