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Scientists use molecular tethers and chemical 'light sabers' to construct platforms for tissue engineering

Researchers unveiled a new strategy to keep proteins intact and functional by modifying them at a specific point so that they can be chemically tethered to the scaffold using light. Since the tether can also be cut by laser light, this method can create evolving patterns of signal proteins throughout a biomaterial scaffold to grow tissues made up of different types of cells.

May 21st, 2019

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Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria

A biologist invented an inexpensive and environmentally friendly method for making artificial nacre using an innovative component: bacteria. The artificial nacre is made of biologically produced materials and has the toughness of natural nacre, while also being stiff and, surprisingly, bendable.

Apr 23rd, 2019

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