Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bioprinting Introductory Infographic

August 5th, 2012 (1 Comment)

Bioprinting is the very fancy new technique of “printing” organs (or perhaps even a whole organism!) rather than growing them the traditional way. This process is fast but difficult – however it has been making huge leaps and bounds recently. After the break you will find a very useful infographic explaining the basics of this […]

‘Natural’ Foods vs GMOs

August 3rd, 2012 (No Comments)

Just what makes a natural food? Anti-GMO advocates consistently bring up the idea that food should be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. But when it comes to human-induced modification of genes, it turns out that most traditional crops are really far more modified (and far less tested) than feared GMOs. Kevin Folta writes an informative opinion piece […]

Switch Critters

August 2nd, 2012 (No Comments)

Switch Critters are a re-imagining of light switches – the are switches we do not have full control over. Normal light switches obey our every command (on and off), whereas these critters require particular attention to be devoted to them for their tasks to be accomplished. This is infuriating and annoying, but over time one […]

Entire Cell Simulated For First Time

August 2nd, 2012 (No Comments)

The overarching goal of systems biology is to understand how all of the individual small molecules which make up cells (and thus organisms) work together to create the an overall phenotype. A huge step forward in this field has come with the first “entire cell” simulation – a program which predicts the phenotype of a […]