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Scientists create functional human retinas in a dish

Scientists have generated accurate replications of human retinas in culture that can be used to pinpoint the specific types of cells affected by genetic eye diseases. The culmination of a six-year effort, this achievement will accelerate progress in developing new therapies.

Sep 21st, 2020

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Engineered bacteria churn out cancer biomarkers

Scientists have commandeered simple, single-celled microorganisms - namely E. coli bacteria - and engineering them to explore the complex process of glycosylation and the functional role that protein-linked glycans play in health and disease.

Sep 16th, 2020

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Researchers create better material for wearable biosensors

Biosensors that are wearable on human skin or safely used inside the body are increasingly prevalent for both medical applications and everyday health monitoring. Finding the right materials to bind the sensors together and adhere them to surfaces is also an important part of making this technology better.

Sep 16th, 2020

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Flipping light on-off turns bacteria into chemical factories

Working in E. coli, the workhorse organism for scientists to engineer metabolism, researchers developed a system for controlling one of the key genetic circuits needed to turn bacteria into chemical factories that produce valuable compounds such as the biofuel isobutanol.

Sep 9th, 2020

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Dyes from atmospheric CO2

Combined electrochemical-biotechnological processes provide a new way of using CO2 as a raw material for producing fuels and chemicals.

Aug 19th, 2020

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New tools catch and release molecules at the flip of a light switch

Researchers developed a class of light-switchable, highly adaptable molecular tools with new capabilities to control cellular activities. The antibody-like proteins, called OptoBinders, allow researchers to rapidly control processes inside and outside of cells by directing their localization, with potential applications including protein purification, the improved production of biofuels, and new types of targeted cancer therapies.

Aug 13th, 2020

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Hydrogel paves way for better bio-implant

A team of biomedical engineers has developed a plasma technology to robustly attach hydrogels to polymeric materials, allowing manufactured devices to better interact with surrounding tissue.

Aug 4th, 2020

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