Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute made the much-anticipated announcement today that they have created a replicating 'synthetic cell' - a bacterium with its DNA replaced by a 100% prosthetic genome. Eight leading synthetic-biology pundits reflect on what effect Craig Venter's latest achievement could have on science and society.
he newly patented catalysts, as well as a method for making a particular type of catalyst with a thin layer of platinum, could greatly reduce the cost and increase the use of fuel cells in electric vehicles. The catalysts and the technique are available for licensing.
After four years of fine-tuning an effective physical model and massive use of the supercomputer Mare Nostrum, researchers at IRB Barcelona and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have managed to produce the first realistic simulation of DNA opening at high resolution.
Wissenschaftler im Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf haben einen Weg gefunden, das wenig effektive, amorphe oder nano-kristalline Silizium in Duennschicht-Solarzellen durch einen Nano-Schwamm aus Silizium zu ersetzen.
Light-driven molecular switches are already used in technical devices such as LCD displays and storage media. Full comprehension of the processes at a molecular scale is required to increase their efficiency, but this knowledge had not been available to date.
Researchers have succeeded in producing gel electrolytes for use in a light-control glass device using nanoparticles of Prussian blue-type complexes. The light-control glass device is based on the electrochromism phenomenon, and its color can be controlled between blue and transparent states by application of an electric current.
Neuroengineering is a rapidly growing discipline that takes its lymph from the increasing cross-fertilization of many areas of technology and science. By means of neuroengineering, advances in diverse technologies and in cellular and molecular biology converge into powerful tools to improve our understanding and treatment of neural (dis)functions.
The workshop will look at the use of enabling technologies in nano-applications and will discuss areas where key technologies are yet to be established, with the aim to identify gaps in the market where UK companies can invest and become involved.
Four new projects, announced today, will develop biological methods that offer a new approach to antibiotic production, power generation for extremely small mechanical components, new classes of medicines and innovative techniques to study cell biology.