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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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Combating wear and tear

Bioengineers detect early signs of damage in connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage.

Posted: Mar 22nd, 2017

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Rabbits' detached retina 'glued' with new hydrogel

A newly developed elastic gel administered in liquid form and shown to turn jellylike within minutes after injection into rabbits' eyes to replace the clear gelatinous fluid inside their eyeballs, may help pave the way for new eye surgery techniques.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2017

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Bioengineered tooth restoration in a large mammal

The approach used involves the autologous transplantation of bioengineered tooth germ into a canine jawbone; the in vivo artificially created tooth has the structure, composition and physiological characteristics of a natural tooth.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2017

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