Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask

The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.

The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.

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Quest for Research Freedom Fuels African Biotech Boom
Quest for Research Freedom Fuels African Biotech Boom
Linda Nordling | Jul 1, 2021
Tired of dancing to the tunes of international funders, and doubtful that long-promised national grants will come, a handful of African biomedical scientists have turned to private investors to bankroll their dreams of autonomy in the lab.
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech—Again
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech—Again
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 1, 2021
Scientifically groundless regulations could undercut the potential of gene-edited crops, much as they have with GMOs.
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2020
A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.
Starting a New Lab
Starting a New Lab
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Aug 6, 2020
Advice for new principal investigators starting their first research laboratories!
Can Zapping the Brain Boost Memory?
Can Zapping the Brain Boost Memory?
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2020
The California-based company Humm has developed a “bioelectric memory patch” to improve working memory, but some experts question the efficacy of the device.
It Takes Less Than 30 Days to Compost a Human Body
It Takes Less Than 30 Days to Compost a Human Body
Jef Akst | Feb 17, 2020
In a small trial of deceased volunteers, a Seattle-based company called Recompose demonstrates that its method for “natural organic reduction” of a human body completely breaks down soft tissue.
Gene Therapy Finds a Fertile Home in Ohio
Gene Therapy Finds a Fertile Home in Ohio
Shawna Williams | Jan 13, 2020
The midwestern state has quietly laid the groundwork for a biotech hub.
Former FDA Commissioner Frank Young Dies
Former FDA Commissioner Frank Young Dies
Jef Akst | Dec 2, 2019
The physician-researcher laid the groundwork for genetic cloning and led the US Food and Drug Administration as the country faced the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
Trial of Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Put on Hold
Trial of Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Put on Hold
Catherine Offord | Nov 12, 2019
The US Food and Drug Administration halts a study by Solid Biosciences after a patient experiences severe side effects following treatment.
Image of the Day: Smartphone-Controlled Brains
Image of the Day: Smartphone-Controlled Brains
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 7, 2019
A device implanted into mice can modulate brain circuit activity over long periods of time.
Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry
Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 25, 2019
Unlike biotech tools adapted from nature, the invention was entirely conceived by humans and represents one of the few proteins made from scratch in the lab.
MIT Researcher Allegedly Copied Other Groups’ Drug Designs
MIT Researcher Allegedly Copied Other Groups’ Drug Designs
Catherine Offord | May 29, 2019
Executives at a biotech that develops new antibodies argue that Ram Sasisekharan didn’t come up with the structures for at least two experimental therapies that his group has described.
Artificial Intelligence Shakes Up Drug Discovery
Artificial Intelligence Shakes Up Drug Discovery
Bianca Nogrady | May 1, 2019
The pharmaceutical industry is looking to machine learning to overcome complex challenges in drug development.
AI App Identifies Rare Genetic Disorders from Photos of Patients’ Faces
AI App Identifies Rare Genetic Disorders from Photos of Patients’ Faces
Catherine Offord | Jan 8, 2019
Deep-learning algorithms could help doctors narrow in on the causes of certain medical conditions, say researchers.
<em>Genesis 2.0</em> Is a Beautifully Shot, Cautionary Tale About Biotechnology
Genesis 2.0 Is a Beautifully Shot, Cautionary Tale About Biotechnology
Shawna Williams | Jan 2, 2019
The documentary weaves together a hunt for mammoth tusks in the Arctic with scenes from the front lines of synthetic biology.
Zimbabwe&rsquo;s Medical Marijuana Future Uncertain
Zimbabwe’s Medical Marijuana Future Uncertain
Tonderayi Mukeredzi | Sep 12, 2018
The country is the second in Africa to permit cannabis cultivation, but months after approval there’s been little uptake by farmers and no scientific proposals.
Synthetic Bacteria Help Treat Phenylketonuria in Mice
Synthetic Bacteria Help Treat Phenylketonuria in Mice
Diana Kwon | Aug 17, 2018
The genetically engineered probiotic, already in clinical trials, may ease patients’ strict dietary regimes.
CRISPR Patent Dispute Heard in Federal Court
CRISPR Patent Dispute Heard in Federal Court
Jim Daley | May 1, 2018
In an ongoing legal battle, the University of California, Berkeley has challenged the Broad Institute’s patent claims on the gene editing technology.
Severe Toxicity Reported in High-Dose AAV Gene Therapy in Animals
Severe Toxicity Reported in High-Dose AAV Gene Therapy in Animals
Jim Daley | Jan 31, 2018
Biotech stocks fell in response to the news.