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Breakthrough method means CRISPR just got a lot more relevant to human health - 0 views

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    "scientists at Harvard University say they've modified the CRISPR method so it can be used to effectively reverse mutations involving changes in one letter of the genetic code. That's important because two-thirds of genetic illness in humans involve mutations where there's a change in a single letter."
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    "Efficient introduction of specific homozygous and heterozygous mutations using CRISPR/Cas9" http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature17664.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20160428&spMailingID=51249830&spUserID=MTEzODM0NjYzMzgS1&spJobID=903461217&spReportId=OTAzNDYxMjE3S0

    As posted here previously, the number and importance of CRISPR is growing steadily, but still plenty of work to make it a reliable tool.
    Maybe, next work for the Molecular Engineering RF?
fichbio

First evidence that sperm epigenetics affect the next generation - 0 views

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    A frog study provides the strongest evidence yet that a father's lifestyle may affect the next generation, via chemical tags that change gene activity SPERM pass on more than just their DNA. Chemical switches attached to the genomes of sperm - known as epigenetic tags - have been shown to alter the next generation for the first time.
jaihobah

The Extinction Invention - 2 views

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    No more mosquitoes?
jcunha

Clothes that receive and transmit digital information are closer to reality - 1 views

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    Hard work in functional materials is driving the development of new wearable electronics that could be advantageous for communications and sensing is being pursued in the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Institute. Through embroidering circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision full integration of electronic components such as sensors and computer memory devices into clothing is now possible.
Ma Ru

Blondes are not dumb after all, researchers claim - 3 views

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    Once more, science at the service of humankind...
fichbio

Bacteria's Social Media - 2 views

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    Perhaps when you think of bacterial communities you think of a flask full of rapidly dividing E. coli. But in non-lab conditions, bacteria grow in complex, heterogeneous communities composed of diverse microscopic organisms. In these communities, bacteria need a means to communicate with their kin, and they do this through a language known as quorum sensing (QS), where bugs secrete and detect factors that tell them whether they're surrounded by kin (and if so, how many there are).
Alexander Wittig

Nature Today | First tomatoes and peas harvested on Mars and moon soil simulant - 2 views

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    Researchers from Alterra Wageningen UR were able to grow and harvest ten different crop species on Mars and moon simulant. 'The total above ground biomass produced on the Mars soil simulant was not significantly different from the potting compost we used as a control' researcher Wieger Wamelink said.

    I wonder if the taste was as disappointing as that of normal dutch veggies :P
jcunha

Breakthrough model biological supercomputer - 4 views

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    The model bio- supercomputer is powered by adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the substance that provides energy to all of the cells in a human body.
fichbio

Quantitative 3D large volume microscope imaging - 4 views

A fascinating look at a new 3D microscopy technique that could allow scientists to observe cancer cells as they interact with their environment: http://www.cell.com/developmental-cell/fulltext/S153...

technology BIO

started by fichbio on 04 Mar 16 no follow-up yet
jcunha

Brain training: memory games - 3 views

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    One article from this weeks Nature outlook articles about cognitive science. You can even play the cognitive game :). The full set of articles is quite interesting!
jcunha

CRISPR/Cas9 and Targeted Genome Editing: A New Era in Molecular Biology | NEB - 1 views

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    An incresingly popular scientific enome re-writting tool. Might prevent future generations from being born with some types of disorders or disabilities!
    Also, for fun, can be looked at one step closer to having a real wolverine..
jmlloren

Biomechanics: Cockroaches inspire robot - 1 views

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    Cockroach is back!
fichbio

The five-year race to preserve every neuron in the brain has come to a successful close - 3 views

http://www.popsci.com/researchers-have-preserved-an-entire-rabbit-brain

BIO science hibernation

started by fichbio on 12 Feb 16 no follow-up yet
jcunha

Trends in Biomimetics - 1 views

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    "The field of biomimicry mostly involves chemists, engineers and materials scientists. Fewer than 8% of the nearly 300 studies on biomimetics published in the past 3 months and indexed in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science had an author working in a biology department - a crude proxy for 'a biologist'."
jcunha

Bioelectrochemical cells - producing power via photosynthesis - 4 views

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    Nature paper showing a new photo-bioelectrochemical cell with a new photon-driven biocatalytic fuel cell method achieving electrical power generation from solar energy.
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    do you have the pdf?
Guido de Croon

New theory allows drones to see distances with one eye - 2 views

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    Inspired by the work that was done at the ACT, I continued working on optical flow landing at TU Delft. Today Bio & Bio published my article on a new theory that allows drones to see distances with a single camera. It shows that drones approaching an object with an insect-inspired vision strategy become unstable at a specific distance from the object. Turning this weakness into a strength, drones can actually use the timely detection of that instability to estimate distance. The new theory will enable further miniaturization of autonomous drones and provides a new hypothesis on flying insect behavior.

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm7SMJp8EA4&feature=youtu.be
    Article: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-3190/11/1/016004
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