Welcome to the Top 10 Healthinnovations of 2018, the fifth-year in this highly popular series. This is where the most exciting discoveries and breakthroughs for the year are decided by … Continue Reading The Top 10 Healthinnovations of 2018.
Bioelectronics is the application of the principles of electronics to biology, being described as the research and development of bio-inspired electronic architectures down to the atomic scale in inorganic, and … Continue Reading Synthetic switch-in-a-cell ‘electrifies’ live bacteria.
Synthetic biology is an area of research described as the design and construction of artificial biological entities that previously did not exist, or the redesign of existing natural biological systems. … Continue Reading The US military is developing synthetic life forms to detect unfriendly craft.
In synthetic biology, an artificial cell or minimal cell is an engineered particle capable of biomimicking one or many functions of a biological cell. A living artificial cell has been … Continue Reading Most lifelike synthetic eukaryotic cells manufactured yet.
In the film, Jurassic Park scientists revive dinosaurs by extracting DNA from drops of blood fossilized within insects trapped in amber. They then decode the genetic sequence, fill in gaps … Continue Reading Synthetic biology used to de-extinct plants to manufacture perfume.
The origins of life on earth have been a fascination for researchers and the public alike for many years. To date, researchers have traced the arc of life back several … Continue Reading Synthetic microorganisms allow researchers to study billion-year-old evolutionary mysteries.
In evolutionary biology, protocells are thought to be a stepping-stone to the origin of life, hypothesized as the first cells to transfer genetic information via RNA before the onset of … Continue Reading Researchers develop synthetic prototissue capable of synchronized beating.
In the course of evolution, nature has produced thousands of enzymes to facilitate the myriad of chemical reactions taking place inside living organisms every day. Enzymes are responsible for accelerating … Continue Reading Researchers develop an artificial enzyme that speeds reactions in living cells.
When reproducing some reptiles, amphibians, and fish can procreate with same-sex parents, however, it’s challenging for mammals to do the same even with the help of fertilization technology. Now, a … Continue Reading Researchers produce mouse pups with same-sex parents.
An artificial cell is a bioengineered particle mimicking a naturally occurring biological cell. The hypothesis involves synthetic entities biomimicking some of the properties of natural cells, such as surface characteristics, … Continue Reading New artificial cells successfully minimized to target and kill specific bacteria.
More than one thousand species of bacteria have been identified in the human gut, dubbed the microbiome, with these symbiotic bacteria intricately involved in establishing and maintaining the health of … Continue Reading New study is a step closer to the synthetic microbiome, inbuilt disease sensing and treatment.
Tooth loss is a major public health issue affecting more than 158 million people worldwide. The current standard of care is to replace missing teeth with synthetic dental implants, and/or … Continue Reading Researchers successfully implant and innervate bioengineered teeth derived from postnatal cells.
Understanding the inception of embryonic development is important as it may help explain why some human pregnancies fail at an early stage, however, key events after the implantation of the … Continue Reading Researchers generate crucial life event in artificial mouse embryo.
Synthetic biology involves the fabrication of previously non-existent biological components and systems, consisting of quickly manufactured DNA sequences assembled into new genomes. The main goal of synthetic biology is the … Continue Reading Synthetic tissues build and regenerate themselves.
Adding to their already thick armor, cancer cells are capable of ‘self-homing’ behavior where cells released into the circulation can return to the main tumor site. Therefore, much research has … Continue Reading Engineered cancer cells can track and destroy tumours.
The unique properties of naturally occurring immune cells in the human body have inspired many efforts to synthetically engineer a unit capable of mimicking their behaviors. Now, a study from … Continue Reading Researchers develop synthetic T cells, that function like the human version.