Tag Archives: biology

A tiny swimmer generates rapid, far-reaching signals in water

Colonies of a single-celled organism synchronize their contractions to release toxins that may deter predators. Continue reading

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Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions

The Chinese brake fern’s genes let it safely store the poison. Continue reading

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Ultrafast signalling among aquatic single-celled organisms

Colonies of Spirostomum ambiguum synchronize to release toxins that may deter predators. Continue reading

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Ultraviolet illumination helps birds avoid power lines

Birds are dying from power-line collisions—now there’s a solution. Read more in Scientific American (August 2019)…

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Understanding circadian rhythms in algae and fungi

Proteomics analyses explore daily control of metabolic pathways. Continue reading

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Molecular Microscope Lets Scientists Peer inside Single Cells

The new technology can identify proteins that distinguish healthy cells from diseased ones.   Continue reading

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Optical cell sorting

Researchers are using light and new image processing tools for label-free cell characterization. Continue reading

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Designer DNA: Computational tools for mapping out synthetic nucleic acids

Some of the tools available to synthetic biologists for gleaning function from sequence, predicting protein structure, reducing synthesis errors, and designing complex systems. Continue reading

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3D printing, in the flesh

Although not yet as established as other additive manufacturing applications, printing human tissue is poised to significantly advance the field of medicine. Continue reading

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Gel Scaffolds for Delivery of Immunotherapies

How clinical researchers are using biocompatible polymers to carry cancer immune therapies directly to the tumor. Continue reading

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