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
July 31, 2015 A new study examines how consuming the concentrated extract of thylakoids found in spinach can reduce hunger and cravings. Thylakoids encourage the release of satiety hormones, which is very ... read more
July 30, 2015 The behavior of fruit flies, which are commonly used in laboratory experiments, is altered by electric fields, new research shows. The research indicates that the wings of the insects are disturbed ... read more
July 31, 2015 Starvation early in life can alter an organism for generations to come, according to a new study in nematodes. The epigenetic effects are a 'bet-hedging strategy.' Famine survivors are smaller and ... read more
July 31, 2015 The humble butterfly could hold the key to unlocking new techniques to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient, pioneering new research has shown. By mimicking the v-shaped posture adopted by ... read more
July 29, 2015 Wine-making is steeped in age-old traditions, but to address the threat of pests and concerns over heavy pesticide use, vintners are turning to science. With the goal of designing better grape ... read more
July 29, 2015 For consumers searching for just the right sunblock this summer, the options can be overwhelming. But scientists are now turning to the natural sunscreen of algae -- which is also found in fish slime ... read more
Mar. 13, 2014 A computer-aided design tool has been developed to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems. Known as GenoCAD, the open-source software was developed by researchers to help ... read more
Sep. 9, 2010 A new poll finds that two-thirds of Americans think that synthetic biology should move forward, but with more research to study its possible effects on humans and the environment, while one-third ... read more