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
Feb. 12, 2016 A new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass has been discovered by researchers. Both the yeast strain ... read more
Feb. 11, 2016 A daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improved exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, a new study has ... read more
Feb. 9, 2016 Biologists have discovered the genes in starfish that encode neuropeptides -- a common type of chemical found in human brains. The revelation gives researchers new insights into how neural function ... read more
Feb. 9, 2016 New findings suggest we need to 'breed some wildness back into' our fruit and veg after scientists show wild tomatoes are better able to protect themselves against whitefly ... read more
Feb. 12, 2016 As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it's important to understand belugas' ... read more
Feb. 11, 2016 A dynamic model that focuses on site scale conservation has been developed to give conservation decision-makers the capacity to assess multiple interacting stressors at 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