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Cancer Research In Space: Microgravity Could Be The Key
2013-06-25 13:19:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The International Space Station (ISS) has been helping provide cancer biologists a laboratory 220 miles above the surface of the Earth. Although it may seem a little odd, NASA says the orbiting laboratory acts as a great place to study cancer, along with other diseases. Cells in the human body normally grow within support structures made up of proteins and carbohydrates in three-dimensional shape. In a laboratory setting, however,...

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...

2013-05-14 23:33:06

Collaboration connects gene expression data and physiological mechanistic model simulations that should illuminate best treatment for selected patients. San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2013 Entelos Holding Corp. (“Entelos” or “the Company”), a premier provider of physiological system modeling and services, and Seattle-based Institute for System Biology (ISB), the nonprofit pioneers of the systems approach to study the molecular causes of diseases, today announced the...

2013-05-01 10:38:27

Update to synthetic biology map identifies new activity across the globe The number of private and public entities conducting research in synthetic biology worldwide grew significantly between 2009 and 2013, according to the latest version of an interactive map produced by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Synthetic biology, an area of research focused on the design and construction of new biological parts and devices, or the...

2013-04-22 16:57:31

Cells are the basic unit of a living organism. The human body consists of a vast array of highly specialized cells, such as blood cells, skin cells and neurons. In total more than 250 different cell types exist. How are the different types related to each other? Which factors are unique for each cell type? And what in the end determines the development of a certain cell? To answer these questions, the research team designed a computer-based method that uses already existing biological data...

2013-04-03 12:57:13

What effects will the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology have on the conservation of nature? The ecological and ethical challenges stemming from this question will require a new dialogue between members of the synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation communities, say Kent Redford of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Archipelago Consulting; Bill Adams of the University of Cambridge; and Georgina Mace of University College London (UCL) in a new paper published 2 April...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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