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Get into Biohacking on the Cheap with this Electrophoresis Rig | Hackaday
Microbes have been found growing “out of nowhere” after a volcanic eruption – ScienceAlert The fur covered eight tennis courts.
Stanford grows corneal cells in lab

A Stanford research team has created a potentially powerful new way to fix damaged corneas — a major source of vision problems and blindness.

Scientists have invented a graphene-based sieve that turns seawater into drinking water – ScienceAlert Holy crap.
Scientists have turned spinach into beating human heart tissue – ScienceAlert These greens are definitely good for you.
5 Biotech Products Regulators Aren’t Ready For | RealClearFuture

Lab-made meat. Hornless cattle. Designer bacteria. Dozens of futuristic-sounding products are being developed using new tools like CRISPR and synthetic biology. As companies seek to commercialize more of these products, one big question lingers: Who will regulate them?

Gene-silencing drug halves cholesterol levels with a single jab A new gene-silencing drug that can lower cholesterol levels is proving promising in its initial clinical test results. The treatment was shown to reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients’ blood by up to 51 percent in the month following one single treatment.
These artificial cells are not alive – but they just passed the Turing test – ScienceAlert They’re communicating with bacteria. 
Jurassic Farm: Scientists Are Planning to Resurrect an Extinct Cattle Species The Rewilding Europe project seeks to bring back an extinct cattle species called aurochs which inhabited the wilds of Europe and Asia until 1627. Using back breeding, scientists think in about seven to 10 years we will have a stabilized group of cattle, which will help shape the European landscape.
Revolutionary Bioprinting Tech Results in Beating Heart Cells Someone in the US suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds, while someone dies from a heart-related disease every 60 seconds. A new method from Australia uses bioprinting to create a patch of beating cardiac cells that can be stuck directly to a damaged organ following an attack.
An Indian chemical plant has figured out how to turn its carbon emissions into baking soda – ScienceAlert This could solve a lot of problems.
Biotech Breakthrough: Engineers Made a New Material That Can Be Programmed Researchers have created a 3D bulk material from silk fibroin that can be programmed to activate specific tasks when exposed to conditions like temperature or infrared light. The material could be used to create everything from hormone-emitting orthopedics to surgical pins that change color when they near their mechanical limits.
New method uses sound to see vividly inside living cells ​Researchers have developed a groundbreaking technique that uses sound rather than light to see inside live cells. The new technique provides insight into the structure and behavior of cells that could rival the optical super-resolution techniques that won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
New treatment based on ocean bacteria shown to stop the spread of prostate cancer – ScienceAlert "A huge leap forward."
This Bizarre Bacteria Is Bringing Silicone To Life Scientists are breeding bacteria to make man-made chemical bonds.
DNA-editing breakthrough could fix ‘broken genes’ in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases | The Independent Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even extend the human lifespan. The breakthrough – described as a “holy grail” of genetics – was used to partially restore the sight of rats blinded by a condition which also affects humans. Previously researchers were not able to make changes to DNA in eye, brain, heart and liver tissues.
CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time : Nature News & Comment The move by Chinese scientists could spark a biomedical duel between China and the United States.
MIT Biologically Engineers a New Weapon to Kill Bacteria If no new antibiotics are made, bacterial infections will kill 10 million people each year by 2050. Thankfully, a team have engineered an antimicrobial peptide that could kill many types of bacteria, even those resistant to most antibiotics.
New soap is cleaner and greener The majority of commonly-used soaps contain petroleum. While there are petroleum-free soaps out there, they often don’t perform that well. Now, however, scientists have developed one that is claimed to actually work better than mainstream products.
An Era of Super Crops: How CRISPR Could Help Fight Famine There are about 4,000 inherited diseases that are caused by a single broken gene. Thanks to CRISPR, we can begin to fix them. CRISPR can exponentially increase our advances in curing cancer, along with virtually any genetic disorder. Apply the same technology to plants and we can maximize crop output.
Scientists Have Successfully Bred Mice Using Skin Cells A team from Japan has transformed skin cells from the tails of mice into sex cells they then used to create fertile mice embryos. While the research could theoretically translate to humans, such experiments are very controversial, so human studies won’t happen any time soon.
New Synthetic Biology Factory Will Design, Build, and Test Custom Organisms A company is combining innovative concepts of engineering and biology to manufacture unique organisms for a wide variety of applications. Aside from being exciting science, these organisms can also make a difference to a company’s bottom line.
New Method of Stem Cell Therapy Shown to Regenerate Heart Tissue A new way of transplanting stem cells into a damaged heart could be a way of reversing heart disease. New developments are continually finding ways of helping people to regenerate and heal in ways never before possible.
How to co-opt our biochemistry to build nano-devices – Futurity Engineers want to co-opt the chemistry of life to transmit electrical signals from graphene to cells via peptides.
Graphene: The Miracle Material of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC] Graphene has been hailed as a miracle material, capable of revolutionizing everything from electric car batteries to water desalination. But what is it?
IBM Researcher to Develop a Center for Cellular Engineering | Digital Trends The Golden State will soon house its own “blue-sky” bioengineering center thanks to a healthy grant from the National Science Foundation.
DNA in the water spares team critter-counting – Futurity Samples of the DNA in the waters of Puget Sound revealed many species in the area—including porpoises, salmon, starfish, barnacles, eagles, and humans.
Fear the superbug: Watch bacteria develop high-level drug-resistance in a giant Petri dish Crafty bacteria that evade the forces of current drugs are a real concern. Scientists have built a new tool to study how the microscopic killers operate, developing a giant Petri dish where they can be seen evolving resistance to rising concentrations of antibiotics in a matter of days.
First gene-edited meal served up from CRISPR cabbage Cabbage that had had its genome edited with CRISPR-Cas9, marking the first time such a plant had been grown, harvested, cooked and eaten.
New Genetically Engineered Bacteria Could Help Combat Global Warming Converting greenhouse gases to its usable forms, such as methane, takes a huge amount of time. Now, a team of researchers have engineered a bacterium that could boost this process in just a single, naturally occurring, enzymatic step.
Ultrasound and bubbles prick cells for gene therapy – Futurity Combining ultrasound energy and microbubbles to poke holes in cells may prove to be a new tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
New Genetically Modified Rice Could Feed Billions Using a process called biofortification, researchers at the University of Melbourne have created a genetically modified rice that produces grain with more iron and zinc.
Edible milk-based packaging reduces food spoilage and plastic waste Wrapping food in plastic can reduce spoilage, but the packaging itself creates waste that can clog up landfills for years. Natural alternatives have been studied, and now scientists have used casein to create packaging which is degradable, edible and much better at preventing spoilage than plastic.
FDA-Approved Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Will Combat Zika Virus A biotech company called Oxitec proposed a method that uses genetically modified mosquitoes to eradicate ones that carry the Zika virus. The FDA approved field testing, but the firm has yet to get approval from other local, state, and federal agencies to start the trial.
This Packaging Foam Can Safely Decompose In Your Garden Mushroom Packaging is made using agricultural byproducts and mushroom roots.
Fighting biofilms by messing with the language of bacteria The organized gangs of bacteria known as biofilms are notoriously difficult to dispatch, so researchers figured it might be best to stop them from growing in the first place. They focussed their attention on the communication mechanism inside the colony.
New Robot Stingray Is Part Biological — It’s Powered by Living Heart Cells
Scientists made 4 clones of Dolly the sheep – here’s what happened to them all – ScienceAlert Meet Debbie, Denise, Dianna, and Daisy.
Chinese Scientists Will Perform First CRISPR Human Gene Editing Trial In August Chinese scientist will conducting the first ever CRISPR human trial on patients who are suffering from lung cancer and have failed to respond to treatments.
Stanford Researchers ‘Trick’ Human Stem Cells To Regenerate Faster Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found a way to trick human embryonic stem cells to become pure populations of any of 12 cell types, including bone, heart muscle and cartilage within days.
Scientists Are Mutating Rat Genes To Turn Them Into ‘Super Sniffers’ Scientists are trying to create a new generation of rodents that can sniff out drugs or explosives.
Scientists Look Into “Growing” Drones Using “Chemputer” A company presents a concept video that shows how we could one day grow an army of drones from chemical computers.
South Korean Dog Cloning Facility Can Give You Your Dead Dog Back Sooam Biotech Research Foundation has cloned over 800 dogs since 2006, offering the service to bring your dead dog back for $100,000. Apart from their popular dog cloning service, they also clone cattle and pigs for medical research and breed preservation.
Chisels to Genes: How We’ll Soon Grow What We Used to Build
Scientists discover that this Victoria’s Secret perfume repels mosquitoes – ScienceAlert Is that the secret?
New “Bionic Leaf” Is More Efficient Than Photosynthesis Harvard scientists designed a new artificial photosynthesis system that turns sunlight into liquid fuel, and it is already effective enough for use in commercial applications.
After a secret meeting, scientists announce they are making synthetic human genomes – ScienceAlert It’s happening.
AI Uncovers the Biomarkers That Are Related to Aging A new machine learning method developed by Insilico Medicine can predict one’s age using data from blood tests, and it can determine important biomarkers that help track the effectiveness of aging therapies.
IBM Is Working on a Molecule That Could Eradicate Viruses IBM has created a macromolecule that prevents specific viral infections, like zika and ebola, and stops them from spreading. The team asserts that, one day, they hope this work can up used as a baseline for defeating disease wholesale.
Scientists Just Engineered Transparent Wood Scientists have discovered a way to make wood completely see-through. In addition to being transparent, the material is also tough and eco-friendly.
Watch electronic material heal after being cut in two – Futurity A new electronic material is flexible and can heal all its functions automatically—even after researchers bend it, stretch it, and snip it in half.
Newly discovered microbe does something textbooks say is impossible: it lives without mitochondria – ScienceAlert Cells have adapted to find new ways of life.
Scientists Grow Mini-Organs From Cells That Were Genetically Manipulated Scientists are currently developing methods to combine the best of both technologies, allowing them to grow organoid not only from naturally-occurring cells, but also from gene edited cells. In essence, the researchers are growing mini organs from cells that have been genetically-manipulated.
Scientists Found The “Switch” That Regenerates Body Parts in Lizards MicroRNAs may hold the key to regenerating lizard tails, and scientists hope that this information can one day be applied to human cartilage, spinal cords, and muscles.
Scientists claim they’ve completed the first successful gene therapy against human ageing – ScienceAlert If confirmed, this could reverse the ageing process.
Meet the Nanomachines That Could Drive a Medical Revolution
Stem Cell Technique Could Regenerate Any Human Tissue Damaged By Aging or Disease A team led by the University of New South Wales says that a stem cell therapy capable of regenerating any human tissue could be available within a few years.
Scientists Store and Retrieve Image Files on DNA A team of computer scientists and engineers have achieved a notable first: Storing and retrieving four image files on DNA. It means storing 10,000+ gigabytes in a pinhead-sized agglomeration of DNA molecules, and shrinking data centers a million-fold.
Why We Should Teach Kids to Code Biology, Not Just Software
The genetic superheroes resistant to inherited fatal diseases | The Economist A study finds rare individuals who seem healthy despite their faulty genes
The Simplest Living Organism Ever Has 437 Genes and Was Made in a Laboratory | Motherboard “Our long-term vision has been to design and build synthetic organisms on demand where you can add in specific functions and predict what the outcome is going to be.”
Scientists Just Removed HIV from Human Immune Cells Using CRISPR Gene-Editing We’ve managed to shut down HIV replication permanently.
Kuwait is Now Making DNA Testing Mandatory for Residents Kuwait has passed legislation that requires all of country’s residents to turn in their DNA to build a national database. Failure to comply could mean jail time.
“Genetic Scissors” Can Totally Remove Traces Of HIV in Cells A new technique cleans the genomes of HIV-infected patients of the virus, pointing a way to a possible cure for this and other retroviral diseases.
Scientists Are Using Algae DNA To Restore Sight To The Blind Optogenetics has been used to control nerve cell activity. Now, a human trial will see if it can help a blind person see again.
New Software Makes CRISPR Gene Editing as Easy as “Point-and-Click” Software algorithms can help CRISPR systems avoid off-target effects by combing through genes to locate and optimize guide RNA.
Biohackers implant computers, earbuds and antennas in their bodies – MarketWatch They’re trying to improve human performance — to be smarter, more capable, says Jurica Dujmović.
Study Discovers Diatoms are a Kind of “Wonder Material,” May be the Next Graphene Diatoms have been discovered to be much tougher than what we initially thought. In fact, they may be the next graphene-like super material.
Scientists Bred Male Mice With No Y Chromosomes, and They Can Still Reproduce For males, Y chromosome are needed for reproduction, as it makes the testes. But scientists just discovered that male mice can breed without it.
CRISPR’s Most Exciting Uses Have Nothing to Do With Gene-Editing – The Atlantic Scientists are using the technology to control genes rather than alter them.
‘We Won’t Make Frankensteins,’ Cloning Giant Boyalife’s CEO Says – NBC News The head of a Chinese firm that is building the world’s biggest animal cloning factory has vowed not to use the technology on people.
World’s First Test-Tube Puppies Are Born – NBC News The world’s first puppies have been conceived and born using IVF.
 Anatomy of a microscopic wood chipper
New observations reveal how an individual cellulase enzyme operates
Snuggle Up In This Synthetic Spider Silk Coat : Discovery News Spider silk-like proteins could be a viable alternative to the petroleum-based nylon and polyester, which dominate performance outerwear.Spider silk-like proteins could be a viable alternative to the petroleum-based nylon and polyester, which dominate performance outerwear.
The Fallout From Valeant And Theranos Threatens The Healthcare And Biotech Rally
First genetically modified humans could exist within two years – Telegraph Biotech company Editas Medicine is planning to start human trials to genetically edit genes and reverse blindness
Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists – Telegraph Scientists have discovered more than 200 genes linked to ageing and have found switching them off extends life
DNA detectives win Nobel Prize for cancer cure breakthrough – Telegraph British based Tomas Lindahl was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for discovering that DNA must be able to repair itself when damaged
Genetic Testing in Newborns Gets Critical Breakthrough For the first time, researchers can now sequence the genomes of newborns with mystery conditions in 26 hours
Scientists discover new system for human genome editing: Game-changing technology could disrupt both scientific, commercial landscape — ScienceDaily A team including the scientist who first harnessed the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 system for mammalian genome editing has now identified a different CRISPR system with the potential for even simpler and more precise genome engineering.” id=”metasummary
One Biotech CEO’s Plan To Slash The Cost Of Cancer Immunotherapy
Gene Therapy May Be Our Newest — and Most Effective — Weapon Against Alzheimer’s Disease – Singularity HUB
 DNA-guided 3-D printing of human tissue is unveiled
Editing humanity | The Economist THE genome is written in an alphabet of just four letters. Being able to read, study and compare DNA sequences for humans, and thousands of other species, has become…
 Obesity breakthrough: Metabolic master switch prompts fat cells to store or burn fat
‘Gene drive’: Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters – Science – News – The Independent A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.
Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED We now have the power to easily alter DNA. It could eliminate disease. It could get really out of hand.We now have the power to easily alter DNA. It could eliminate disease. It could get really out of hand.
Simple flip of genetic switch determines aging or longevity in animals: Scientists pinpoint start of aging, discover it is not a slow series of random events — ScienceDaily
3 Long Shots Biotech Companies Are Working On — The Motley Fool These companies are developing new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease that could bring in billions if they succeed.
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Bioprinted ‘play dough’ capable of cell and protein transfer
3ders.org – Swedish researchers successfully 3D print cellulose-based circuits | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News A group of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden were able to successfully print and dry three-dimensional objects that were made from cellulose for the first time with the help of a 3D bioprinter.
Biohackers: “Future generations are going to grow up tinkering not with computers, but with life itself” | Alternative
A T-Cell Immunotherapy Cure for Cancer | MIT Technology Review Supercharge your immune cells to defeat cancer? Juno Therapeutics believes its treatments can do exactly that.
Scientific breakthrough decomposes plastic bags in 3 months! | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building A teenage prodigy has developed a new way to decompose plastic bags in just three months! A 16 year old named Daniel Burd conducted his experiment as a science fair project, and ended up with a revolutionary solution to the plastic plague that has laid waste

Scientists create synthetic membranes that grow like living cells — ScienceDaily Chemists and biologists have succeeded in designing and synthesizing an artificial cell membrane capable of sustaining continual growth, just like a living cell.” id=”metasummary
 Sequencing Ebola’s secrets
Study reveals new insights into long-term outbreaks

 

 

 Newly discovered self-repair mechanism

 

 

 Precise transplant of a biomolecule to a synthesized molecule

 

 

State officials seek to boost biomanufacturing – Business – The Boston GlobeState officials seek to boost biomanufacturing – Business – The Boston GlobeState business and government officials are trying to showcase and expand biomanufacturing at a time when more than 1,400 experimental drugs are in the research pipelines of Massachusetts-based biotechs.

 

 

 Genetically modified fish on the loose?

 

 

Amazon, Google race to get your DNA into the cloud – Tech News | The Star Online Amazon.com Inc is in a race against Google Inc to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in helping scientists make new medical discoveries and market share in a business that may be worth US$1bil (RM3.71bil) a year by 2018.

 

 

 World’s first digitally-encoded synthetic polymers

 

 New tool brings standards to epigenetic studies

 

World’s first BIOLIMB created: Dead arm ‘brought back to life’ in lab | Daily Mail Online The research was carried out by the Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers stripped a dead arm of all of its cells. They then injected it with blood vessels and muscle cells (shown).

 

 

 Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

 

 

“21st Century Cures” Could Revolutionize Biotech The average cost of bringing a new drug to market is slow and expensive. But new regulations could change everything for biotech investors…

 

 

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3D Printing Neurons at Northwestern – 3D Printing Industry A team at Northwestern University have developed a new kind of graphene ink that can be used to print large 3D structures.

 

 

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Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS and FTD NIH-funded study provides new platform for testing treatments for several neurodegenerative disorders

 

Scientists develop new ‘kill switch’ to destroy genetically-modified organisms that escape | The Verge Genetically modified organisms hold a lot of promise for creating hardier crops and faster growing fish, but even supporters are concerned about invasive organisms running wild. If a faster,…

 

 

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DNA editing takes a serious step forward — for better or worse – LA Times Chinese scientists use a new technique to alter DNA in a human embryo, setting off an ethical debate over genetic manipulation.