Monthly Archives: February 2013

Video of the Week #5: RiAus Explains Synthetic Biology

February 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

For this week’s video of the week we have a short “scinemation” which visually explains the basics of Synthetic Biology. This video was produced by RiAUS, a non-profit Australian science-outreach organisation. Check it out after the break!  

BioPrinting Human Ears

February 22nd, 2013 (2 Comments)

  Printing a human ear sounds like a far away application of modern biology, however it is here a lot sooner than we might have thought! Thanks to researchers in the Bonassar lab at Cornell University and utilising 3D printing technology this technology is now a reality. The printers work by layering cells into a […]

Cyborg Turtle Gets An Artificial Fin

February 22nd, 2013 (6 Comments)

A loggerhead sea turtle found itself in a pretty bad spot when it lost its front legs to a shark. Luckily for it Japanese rescuers have fitted it with two new artificial front legs, allowing it to swim once again! Prosthetics aren’t just for humans anymore. But this lucky turtle isn’t the first prosthetic wielding […]

Genetic Logic Systems and Living Computers

February 20th, 2013 (1 Comment)

  Scientists from MIT have engineered a set of logic gates using DNA and cellular machinery. In short, they have turned living cells into working computers! Core logical functions are the basis of all modern computation, and developing this system is a huge step towards larger scale “biocomputers”. The applications are many and varied, the […]