A pioneering science is offering researchers the possibility to design and engineer new forms of life on a made-to-order basis. This week we head to the United Kingdom to explore the boundless potential of synthetic biology.
Radio Netherlands (Sep. 29, 2011) A recent study by the Dutch national school exam board has revealed that Dutch children know very little about biology. One of the reasons, believe experts, is that biology classes for Dutch students ... watch video
Reuters (Apr. 15, 2013) Researchers in the US are attempting to produce a synthetic material that can stop bedbugs in their tracks. The scientists want to replicate the bedbug-trapping properties of the bean plant leaf in a ... watch video
Newsy (Jan. 21, 2015) In a pair of new studies, researchers were able to make genetically engineered bacteria that resists viruses and needs synthetic food to survive.
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FORA.tv (Dec. 19, 2012) The Spine of the Continent introduces us to one of the single most ambitious conservation efforts ever undertaken: to create linked protected areas extending from the Yukon to Mexico, the entire ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 2, 2013) German and South African scientists are collaborating in Durban to find new ways of fighting tuberculosis, or TB. For the past 20 years the number of cases of TB has been on the rise, in part because ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 15, 2014) When hunting, falcons rarely fly straight at their prey, as the prey will usually take evasive action and escape. Instead, according to a new study in The Journal of Experimental Biology, the raptor ... watch video
Nov. 25, 2015 The mosquito-borne virus chikungunya may lead to severe brain infection and even death in infants and people over 65, according to a new study that reviewed a chikungunya outbreak on Reunion Island ... read more
Nov. 18, 2015 Deciding whether to cook or toss a steak that's been in the fridge for a few days calls for a sniff test. This generally works well for home cooks. But food manufacturers that supply tons of meats to ... read more
Nov. 18, 2015 Spider webs are notoriously sticky. Although they only take a second to swat down, shaking them off your hands can be an exercise in frustration. But that stubborn tackiness could come in handy when ... read more
Nov. 27, 2015 It is possible to improve the nutraceutical quality of the lettuce by modifying its growing conditions, but not at the expense of productivity. Researchers applied various ... read more
Nov. 23, 2015 Genetic variation within the endocannabinoid system may explain why some survivors of childhood adversity go on to become dependent on marijuana, while others are able to use marijuana without ... read more
Nov. 23, 2015 Maintaining the shape of the cell, creating proper internal structure, guiding organelles and pulling chromosomes apart during mitosis are some of the important functions of the cytoskeleton. The ... read more
Sep. 16, 2015 In the United States, the Defense Department and its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funds much of the US government's research in synthetic biology, with less than 1 percent of total ... read more
Sep. 16, 2015 Targeted cancer treatments, toxicity sensors and living factories: synthetic biology has the potential to revolutionize science and medicine. But before the technology is ready for real-world ... read more