The technology of producing biological parts is advancing, raising new legal and regulatory questions.
Bioprinting, an offshoot of 3D printing, is advancing so rapidly that regulators have been caught off guard. Two legal scholars argue patients and manufacturers would benefit from clearer rules.
Scientists working together with local people to create an eco-sea wall to protect against coastal erosion.
A biodegradable sea wall is cheaper than a concrete wall. In addition, it's easy for local people to replicate.
Meat of the future might be quite different from meat of the past.
Stanley Kubrick, photographer, LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ6-2352.
It's relatively easy to grow a bunch of animal cells to turn into a burger. But to grow a steak made of cultured meat is a trickier task. Bioengineers must create organized, three-dimensional tissues.
A robot’s hand holds an artificial heart.
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Health care relies on increasingly sophisticated devices for implanting into the body or monitoring it. Yet most med school graduates are not versed in engineering. That needs to change.
The colour of gold nanoparticles in suspension varies according to the size of the nanoparticles.
Nanotechnology brings together multiple science disciplines to create devices that mimic the refinements of nature. It’s difficult – and exhilarating.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world.
Julio C. Valencia, NCI Center for Cancer Research
Synthetic biology allows us to engineer biological cells. This could help us tackle cancer in remarkable ways.
Victor Frankenstein’s mistakes serve as cautionary lessons.
If Mary Shelley wrote the book today, Victor would surely be a synthetic biologist. But those fiddling with living things in 2018 have hopefully learned from her cautionary tale.
Delivering genetic material is a key challenge in gene therapy.
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One big challenge for gene therapies is delivering DNA or RNA safely to cells inside patients' bodies. New nanoparticles could be an improvement over the current standard – repurposed viruses.
Will your cellphone be able to communicate with bacteria in your body?
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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.
Filter-feeding fish have had 150 million years to improve filtration.
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Even the best engineered filters get clogged eventually. Fish mouths have evolved structures that create unique fluid dynamics patterns that solve that problem.
Biofabrication takes place at the intersection of biology and technology.
At the nexus of medical science, engineering, computer science and 3D printing is the biofabricator, a new career for the 21st century.
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A new report on the future of humanity explains what we really need to be worrying about over the next 35 years.
Will synthetic rhino horns decrease demand or aid law enforcement?
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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.
It won’t look quite like that, though.
Scientists in the US have developed a calculator from living cells, using old-fashioned analog programming. Their hope is…
More than 600 kidney transplants were performed in Australia last year.
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Made-to-order kidneys have come a step closer to reality, with scientists successfully bioengineering a functioning kidney…
Bioengineers and physicians have used 3D printing and injectable gels made of living cells to create an artificial ear practically…