Scientists have completed the design phase for a fully synthetic yeast genome. Once completed, yeast cells carrying a fully artificial genome will prove invaluable for both academic and industrial applications.
A research team has developed a novel technology platform that enables the continuous and automated monitoring of so-called 'organs-on-chips' - tiny devices that incorporate living cells to mimic the biology of bona fide human organs.
Researchers have found a way to mimic the way cells in living organisms 'talk' to the world around them by creating a world-first synthetic receptor which can respond to chemical signals just like its natural equivalent.
A collaboration between chemists and gene therapy experts produced a new way of inserting the code for modified proteins into the cells of mice. If successful in humans, the technique could be useful for vaccines or cancer therapies.