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Custom-Made Molecules

By | August 21, 2017

A new prototype machine can make the biological molecules of one’s choice from digital DNA sequences.

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Chemogenetics Doesn’t Work Like Many Thought

By | August 4, 2017

A study finds the so-called DREADD method of manipulating neurons using a drug called CNO actually works via clozapine.

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Zebrafish Embryos Survive Deep Freeze and Quick Thaw

By | July 28, 2017

In a first, scientists reanimate the fish using embedded gold nanoparticles that heat up cells by absorbing laser light.

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A new method stimulates B cells to make human antigen-specific antibodies, obviating the need for vaccinating blood donors or hunting for rare B cells.

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Image of the Day: A Swell Idea

By | July 19, 2017

To improve the resolution of biological samples at the cellular level, researchers inflate tissues with “swellable polymers” so that they’re easier to see under the microscope.    

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Bacteriophages to the Rescue

By | July 17, 2017

Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.

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Book Excerpt from Natural Defense

By | July 17, 2017

In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.

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The Mechanobiology Garage

By | July 17, 2017

New tools for investigating how physical forces affect cells

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Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery

By | July 14, 2017

Researchers develop a method that combines the strengths of shotgun metagenomics and single-cell genome sequencing in a microfluidics-based platform.

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Electrical Stimulation Steers Neural Stem Cells

By | July 3, 2017

Current can guide implanted cells away from rats’ noses toward a region deep in their brains.

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