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How to hack a cell

A new study outlines a new simplified platform to target and program mammalian cells as genetic circuits, even complex ones, more quickly and efficiently.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2017

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A 'bionic leaf' could help feed the world

To help spur the next agricultural revolution, researchers have invented a 'bionic' leaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water and air to make fertilizer in the very soil where crops are grown.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2017

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Bacteria as factories of the biobased economy

In the nearby future, the raw materials for plastics and fibres that are currently derived from petroleum could be obtained from renewable green resources such as corn straw or wood. The work will be done by bacteria that function as microscopic factories.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2017

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Machine learning lets scientists reverse-engineer cellular control networks

Researchers used machine learning on a supercomputer to model the cellular control network that determines how tadpoles develop. Using that model, they reverse-engineered a drug intervention that created tadpoles with a form of mixed pigmentation never before seen in nature. They plan to use the method for cancer therapies and regenerative medicine.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2017

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