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Biohackers on the rise

In Shoreditch, residence to London artists, coffee shops and retro clothes, a group of amateur scientists and UCL students have met to engineer biology. They're building a bacteria incubator out of a fridge box, cardboard and open source electronics. Their mission? To test the potential and limitation of biohacking - citizen science in synthetic biology.

Posted: Dec 8th, 2012

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Why copper busts bacteria

Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that copper has the ability to prevent the horizontal transmission of genes, which has fuelled the spread of global antibiotic-resistant infections.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2012

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Microchoreography: Researchers use synthetic molecule to guide cellular 'dance'

Johns Hopkins researchers have used a small synthetic molecule to stimulate cells to move and change shape, bypassing the cells' usual way of sensing and responding to their environment. The experiment pioneers a new tool for studying cell movement, a phenomenon involved in everything from development to immunity to the spread of cancer.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2012

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Systems biology meets epigenetics: A computational model explains epigenome dynamics during differentiation

Scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research and the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have published an important proof-of-principle study showing that a computational model can elucidate the interplay of transcription regulators and epigenome dynamics during differentiation. This is critical for a better understanding of the nature of different cell types and disease stages.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2012

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Plant organ development breakthrough

New research from two teams led by Carnegie's Zhiyong Wang and Kathryn Barton focuses on the role of the crucial plant hormone brassinosteroid in the creation of plant-shoot architecture.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2012

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