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 growing worldwide epidemic of respiratory diseases can be attributed to simple everyday factors such as tobacco smoke, air pollution, occupational chemicals, or dust. These diseases involve the infection or … Continue Reading How airway cells work together in regeneration and aging.
Symbiotic bacteria can be found living in and on the majority of our body’s surfaces, with 99 percent of these micro-interlopers inhabiting the human gastrointestinal tract. These intestinal microbes are … Continue Reading Augmented bacteriophage modulates gut microbiota to fight cancer.
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.
Robots are predicted to streamline a multitude of industrial processes, including those involved in the manufacture and design of therapeutic devices and drugs. However, this next generation of robots will … Continue Reading Nextgen robots can ‘eat’ metal for energy.
Policing what goes in and out of the body, the immune system is a line of defense guarding against infection whilst distinguishing foreign bodies from the person’s healthy tissue. One … Continue Reading Previously unknown human immune cell discovered.
All previously discovered living things on earth are classified into five kingdoms under the taxonomical system. For example, all animals belong to Kingdom Animalia, plants belong to Plantae, fungi to … Continue Reading Animal that doesn’t need oxygen to survive discovered.
In adult reproduction daily oral contraceptive pills provide women with a means to avoid pregnancy which can support their health and economical situation. For oral contraception to be effective, consistent … Continue Reading Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill developed.
The latest innovations in pharmaceutical manufacturing sees the genes of bacteria manipulated to enable the production of large quantities of compounds such as insulin or human growth hormone. Currently, much … Continue Reading Microbes programmed to produce desired compounds autonomously.
Futuristic laser therapy is currently being investigated for numerous medical applications, including the destruction of cancer cells, removing diseased tissue from delicate areas, blasting away toxic brain proteins, and as … Continue Reading New biocompatible nanolaser could function inside living tissues.
Cellular metabolism is the sum of all chemical changes occurring in living organisms in order to maintain life, including the synthesis of new molecules, and the breakdown and removal of … Continue Reading Researchers induce artificial metabolism in synthetic DNA.
DNA computing is a form of synthetic biology using DNA and biotechnical hardware on the nano-scale to store data and compute information. As the makeup of all organisms on earth … Continue Reading Synthetic cells use DNA computers to communicate and compute data.
Interestingly, the current definition of free will is described as a combination of two cognitive processes, namely the desire to act, also known as volition, and a sense of responsibility … Continue Reading Origins of free will mapped in the human brain.
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.