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Scientists engineered human cells to produce a molecule that stimulates insulin secretion in the presence of caffeine.

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The micro-bio-electronic device combines bacteria that can detect certain molecules along with wifi-connected electrical outputs.

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Determining which products of advanced biotechnology are deserving of legal protections is essential to our own social architecture.

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image: Image of the Day: Cocoon

Image of the Day: Cocoon

By Sukanya Charuchandra | May 23, 2018

Researchers have taken inspiration from wild silk moths to craft fibers that can transport images.

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image: Image of the Day: Nanobot Schematic

Image of the Day: Nanobot Schematic

By The Scientist Staff | April 13, 2018

A magnetically controlled device could have applications in studies of cell biology and biophysics.

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image: Image of the Day: Colorful Butterfly-Bot

Image of the Day: Colorful Butterfly-Bot

By The Scientist Staff | April 5, 2018

Scientists engineered biomaterials similar to those chameleons use to change color and applied them to a robot.

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image: Bioengineers Use Yeast to Manufacture Drugs

Bioengineers Use Yeast to Manufacture Drugs

By Jim Daley | April 3, 2018

The yeast’s output of noscapine, a cough suppressant naturally made by poppies, is 18,000-fold higher than previous attempts.

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image: Next-Generation Exoskeletons Help Patients Move

Next-Generation Exoskeletons Help Patients Move

By Karen Weintraub | February 1, 2018

A robot’s gentle nudge could add just the right amount of force to improve walking for patients with mobility-impairing ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.  

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image: Children Receive Bespoke, Lab-Grown Ears

Children Receive Bespoke, Lab-Grown Ears

By Kerry Grens | January 30, 2018

The tissue, grown on a 3-D scaffold and seeded from the kids’ own cells, was transplanted to correct deformities in their cartilage.

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The goal is to house patients’ follicles in a specially designed tissue matrix and reinsert them after treatment.

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