Technology

This protein designer aims to revolutionize medicines and materials

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David Baker shows off models of some of the unnatural proteins his team has designed and made. By Robert F. Service – Jul. 21, 2016 | 2:00 PM David Baker appreciates nature’s masterpieces. “This is my favorite spot,” says the Seattle native, admiring the views from a terrace at the University of Washington (UW) here. To the south rises […]

How a biotech startup rose, and then fell

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On a Tuesday evening in mid-December, a small group of software developers and sales and marketing staffers gathered for drinks at Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square. It was during that week when office holiday parties were at full boil, and year-end bonuses were being doled out. But this was a more subdued affair. Everyone present […]

Finding Degas’s Lost Portrait With a Particle Accelerator

Finding Degas’s Lost Portrait With a Particle Accelerator

By STEPH YIN For decades, a mysterious black stain has been spreading across the face of an anonymous woman in Australia. She is the subject of a painting by Edgar Degas, the French Impressionist painter, and since the 1920s, the oil paints in her portrait have gradually faded, revealing the hints of another, hidden portrait […]

How the Science of CRISPR Can Change Your Genes

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One of the most exciting breakthroughs in science is here.CRISPR is a new technology that can edit DNA with remarkable precision, and it has the potential to change human lives forever. With the ability to easily tweak DNA, scientists could theoreticallyremove genetic mutations that are responsible for incurable diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, HIV, and even […]

Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

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A group of scientists say they want work toward being able to create a synthetic version of the entire human genetic code in the laboratory. Their hope is that a complete set of synthetic human DNA, known as a genome, could someday lead to important medical breakthroughs. “We just had a revolution in our ability […]

The man who can map the chemicals all over your body

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Pieter Dorrestein uses mass spectrometry to eavesdrop on the molecular conversations between microbes and their world. Apart from the treadmill desk, Pieter Dorrestein’s office at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), is unremarkable: there is a circular table with chairs around it, bookshelves lined with journals, papers and books, and a couple of plaques […]

Liquid Biopsy May Help Doctors Track Changes in Tumors

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“If we saw a mutation in the plasma, that meant it was in the tumor,” said Mack, who was to present the findings this weekend at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, in Chicago. SATURDAY, June 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Biopsies can be arduous and painful for cancer patients, but necessary […]

Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

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A group of scientists say they want work toward being able to create a synthetic version of the entire human genetic code in the laboratory. Their hope is that a complete set of synthetic human DNA, known as a genome, could someday lead to important medical breakthroughs. “We just had a revolution in our ability […]

New free web service for deep study of cell functions

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A map of metabolic pathways is shown in the graph. Source: ITMO University – June 2, 2016 A simple and effective web service has been developed that enables a better understanding of cell functions by identifying links between changes in metabolism and gene expression. New insights gained by means of the service can be applied to […]

Fostering Medical Innovation: A Plan for Digital Health Devices

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It is incumbent upon FDA to ensure that we have the right policies in place to promote and encourage safe and effective innovation that can benefit consumers, and adopt regulatory approaches to enable the efficient development of these technologies. Read more here.

This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

DNA’s structure doesn’t have to be just a double helix: by fiddling with the order of bases or substituting other molecules, the strand can be cause to make a hard right turn, or curve around in one direction or another — and with enough foresight, a single strand can make enough twists and convolutions that […]

Interview with Andrew McAfee

INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW MCAFEE

MIT’s Andrew McAfee is one of the world’s most influential thinkers working in issues at the intersection of technology, the economy, and society.  He is a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the cofounder and co-director of the MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. McAfee’s 2014 book The Second Machine […]

Stingray Robot Powered by Light

Stingray Robot Powered by Light

By STEPH YIN If a robot is made of living cells, can respond to external stimuli and has the ability to compute and coordinate movement, is it alive? This question can be posed of a new, tiny stingray-inspired robot that is able to follow pulses of light to swim through an obstacle course. “It’s not […]

China’s bid to be a DNA superpower

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First China conquered DNA sequencing. Now it wants to dominate precision medicine too. Six years ago, China became the global leader in DNA sequencing — and it was all down to one company, BGI. The Shenzen-based firm had just purchased 128 of the world’s fastest sequencing machines and was said to have more than half […]

Investor Larry Bock Helped Launch Dozens of Biotechs

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A big-picture thinker with pragmatic business sense, he also was known for his sense of humor and love of pranks By JAMES R. HAGERTY AND BRIAN GORMLEY July 15, 2016 11:51 a.m. ET Though he started losing his vision in his 20s, Larry Bock became a leading biotechnology investor and entrepreneur. He also founded the USA Science […]

This genetically engineered ‘living robot’ moves with rat heart cells

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by Graham Templeton on July 11, 2016 at 11:00 am This past week saw an intriguing confluence of multiple disciplines, in the form a new artificial stingray model its creators call a “living robot,” and an unconventional means of studying the human heart. Driven by rat cells and modeled after a fish, it might seem like […]

Hundreds of genes seen sparking to life two days after death

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By Anna Williams When a doctor declares a person dead, some of their body may still be alive and kicking – at least for a day or two. New evidence in animals suggests that many genes go on working for up to 48 hours after the lights have gone out. This hustle and bustle has been seen […]

Kill All the Mosquitoes?!

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New gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should they use it? To the naked eye, the egg of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito is just a dark speck, but under a 100-power microscope, it shows up as a fat, slightly curved cucumber, somewhat narrower at one […]