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Biology’s Drive Toward Engineering
2013-06-06 19:38:57

American Chemical Society Biology is on the verge of getting its versions of the lever, wheel and axle, pulley and other basic machines that enable engineers to build almost any mechanical device, a new analysis has concluded. The viewpoint article on availability of this new toolkit – for engineering biological factories that can produce new biofuels, crops and chemicals, among others – appears in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology. Kevin Munnelly, CEO of synthetic biology...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'