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Will your cellphone be able to communicate with bacteria in your body? Bacteria image via www.shutterstock.com.

Using electricity, not molecules, to switch cells on and off

New research works out how to translate between the language of biology – molecules – and the language of microelectronics – electrons. It could open the door to new kinds of biosensors and therapeutics.
Will synthetic rhino horns decrease demand or aid law enforcement? David W Cerny/Reuters

The trouble with using synthetic rhino horn to stop poaching

A company plans to flood the market with synthetic rhinoceros horn in an effort to slow poaching but these types of commercially driven conservation efforts are fraught with problems.
More than 600 kidney transplants were performed in Australia last year. Image from shutterstock.com

Step forward for made-to-order kidneys

Made-to-order kidneys have come a step closer to reality, with scientists successfully bioengineering a functioning kidney…

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