An essential nutrient and fuel, proteins are considered the building block of life and are found in every cell of the body. Proteins are compound molecules of varying sizes made … Continue Reading Researchers create artificial organelles to control intracellular behavior.
The female uterus is essential for reproduction in all mammals, meaning any trauma or disease affecting this organ detrimentally could compromise a woman’s ability to conceive or carry a viable … Continue Reading A tissue-engineered uterus supports live births in rabbits.
Every year, a staggering 48 million people in the USA alone will suffer from foodborne illnesses, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. This public health epidemic is exacerbated … Continue Reading Using synthetic, DNA-barcoded microbes to track food contamination.
Red blood cells (RBCs) are described as our very own shipping system, transporting oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues. Biological RBCs are extremely flexible, squeezing through tiny spaces … Continue Reading Synthetic red blood cells mimic natural ones, possess multiple applications.
For people dealing with the life-changing and often devastating aftermath of disfiguring injuries or the loss of limbs, minimal reconstruction using the patients’ own tissues may not be a sufficient … Continue Reading Synthetic cell biomimics cancer to avoid transplant rejection.
In the world of the microbe, many strange and yet to be discovered wonders exist with a multitude of applications waiting to be utilized. Biohybrid microrobots are an autonomous part … Continue Reading First living microbots engineered.
The body’s protector from all things dangerous, the immune system is a highly adaptive line of defense in the body consisting of a network of cells, skin and proteins guarding … Continue Reading First three-component artificial immune system made of DNA computers.
Due to the current novel coronavirus (nCoV) pandemic, researchers are vigorously rushing to investigate this and other diseases transmitted by animals to humans in an international bid to produce a … Continue Reading Synthetic decoy molecule neutralizes a range of animal-to-human viruses.
A once primordial parasite, mitochondria are now crucial organelles in cells responsible for producing more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support organ … Continue Reading Proof-of-concept for synthetic enzyme to treat all mitochondrial disorders.
In the vast microscopic world contained within the human body, a universal component of all cell membranes is known as a lipid bilayer, a biological membrane consisting of two layers … Continue Reading Synthetic DNA nanopore selects and transports macromolecules across cell membranes.
Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria adapt in response to the use of these medicines and become immune to their mode … Continue Reading Deadly superbugs killed by molecular drills.
For the greatest chance of survival, cancer screening needs to detect the disease before symptoms appear. Current cancer detection involves blood tests, urine tests, DNA tests, and/or medical imaging, however, … Continue Reading DNA computer can detect cancer on a single-cell basis.
A bacteriophage, also known as a phage, is a naturally-occurring virus with the awesome capability to infect and kill bacteria by injecting their DNA into bacterial cells which replicates until … Continue Reading Synthetic bacteriophages with programmable bacteria specificity engineered.
Infectious diseases continue to affect and kill a multitude of people worldwide, with vaccination seen as the most powerful weapon against this threat. Vaccines are prepared from weakened forms of … Continue Reading Synthetic vaccine can be stored at warmer temperatures.
Antibiotic consumption is on the rise, causing increased resistance in bacteria. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to resist the effects of medication used to successfully treat it … Continue Reading New artificial cell can engulf live bacteria via endocytosis.
The exciting field of biocomputing, involving processing and storing information in living cells, is currently being developed with a view to next-generation therapeutics and for capturing events within the body. … Continue Reading New DNA computer stores long-term cellular memory.