What’s holding up CRISPR-based cures

The gene-editing tool called CRISPR that can quickly and cleanly remove specific pieces of DNA has revolutionized biotechnology. Many researchers believe the technique could end thousands of ailments...

DNA duplicator small enough to hold in your hand

Loading video... Credit: Barb Cramer & Michael Todd, Vanderbilt University Imagine a "DNA photocopier" small enough to hold in your hand that could identify the bacteria or virus causing an infecti..

UTSW identify process cells use to destroy damaged organelles, with links to diseases

Credit: UT Southwestern Medical Center DALLAS - Dec. 22, 2016 - Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have uncovered the mechanism that cells use to find and destroy an organelle called mit..

The end of biotechnology as we know it

Credit: acib If there were no biotechnology, the world would stand still. "Biotechnologically derived drugs dominate therapy with eight of the top ten best-selling drugs are produced using biotech ..

Researchers reveal new test for cocaine in urine and oral fluid

Credit: Advion Academics in the University of Surrey's Department of Chemistry have developed a new diagnostic test for cocaine and benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite for cocaine) in urine a..

3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensors

Credit: Johan Lind (Disease Biophysics Lab), Alex Valentine, Lori K. Sanders (Lewis Lab)/Harvard University Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip wi..

The houseplant with a blueprint for improving energy harvesting

Credit: University of Bristol For many people, nanotechnology belongs in the realm of science fiction. Researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Essex have solved the mystery of the blue sheen ..

How snakes lost a blueprint for making limbs

Credit: Kvon et al./Cell 2016 Snakes lost their limbs over 100 million years ago, but scientists have struggled to identify the genetic changes involved. A Cell paper publishing October 20 sheds so..

Humans may be uniquely identified by the proteins in their hair

Credit: Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL Unique protein markers in hair could be used alongside DNA profiling for human identification, according to a study published September 7, 2016 in the open-acces..

Advancing manufacturing innovation on campus and online

MIT researchers and educators have been living up to the university motto of "mens et manus," mind and hand, with a rapidly expanding effort on advanced manufacturing innovation. Several of MIT’s late..