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Biofuel proteomics

Researchers used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass, a native prairie grass viewed as one of the most promising of all the plants that could be used to produce advanced biofuels.

Posted: Mar 9th, 2015

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Researchers engineer custom blood cells

Researchers have successfully corrected a genetic error in stem cells from patients with sickle cell disease, and then used those cells to grow mature red blood cells. The study represents an important step toward more effectively treating certain patients with sickle cell disease who need frequent blood transfusions and currently have few options.

Posted: Mar 9th, 2015

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Sugar for synthetic cells

After its success in the first joint call by ERASynBio, the collaborative project Synthetic Glycobiology - new strategies to build and functionalise proto-cells and proto-tissues is now set to receive roughly 1.9 million euros in total funding.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2015

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Activating genes on demand

New mechanism for engineering genetic traits governed by multiple genes paves the way for various advances in genomics and regenerative medicine.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2015

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Sizing up cells: Study finds possible regulator of growth

Modern biology has attained deep knowledge of how cells work, but the mechanisms by which cellular structures assemble and grow to the right size largely remain a mystery. Now, Princeton University researchers may have found the key in a dynamic agglomeration of molecules inside cells.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2015

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Democratizing synthetic biology

By replacing highly specialized, expensive equipment with standard lab tools, Northwestern University professor Michael Jewett has made synthetic biology research cheaper, faster, and more accessible.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2015

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Looking for alternatives to antibiotics

Bacteria that talk to one another and organize themselves into biofilms are more resistant to antibiotics. Researchers are now working to develop drugs that prevent bacteria from communicating. The aim is to find alternatives to antibiotics and reduce the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2015

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Borrowing from whales to engineer a new fluid sensor

How can a humpback whale and a device that works on the same principle as the clicker that starts your gas grill help an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fly longer and with more stability? Well, it all starts with biological structures called tubercles that the whale uses for its unique maneuvers in the ocean.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2015

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