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'Ingenious' Antibiotic Discovery Challenges Long-Held Scientific Beliefs

The new antibiotic was discovered in a sample of soil.<p>The research is "ingenious," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told The New York Times .<p>Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be tested in humans, could one day be used to treat …

Microbiology

Genetically-engineered moths make spider silk for flameproof pants

Spider silk is widely considered a superfibre, a near magical material with potential medical and military applications. The problem is that …

Genetic modification proposed to save endangered species

Genetic modification of animals so that they can deal with changing climate and habitats may be the only way to save some of the most endangered species from becoming extinct, according to biologists who want to start a debate on how to stem species loss.<p>Biologist Michael Thomas said …

Genetic Discovery Could Help Researchers Reverse Aging And Prolong Lifespan

A new genetic discovery suggests the battle against aging could be as simple as flipping a switch.<p>Studies have shown calorie restriction can be effective in slowing aging and extending the lifespan, which is why researchers at Tel Aviv University's Blavatnik School of Computer Science zeroed in on …

Genetically modified flies 'could save crops'

<b>A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.</b><p>These male mutant flies have a lethal gene which interrupts female development.<p>They were trialled in a greenhouse resulting in "population collapse".<p>If …

India to Use Genetically Engineered 'Killer Mosquitoes' to Fight Dengue - IBTimes India

India may soon be free from mosquitoes that spread deadly diseases like malaria and dengue.<p>India may soon be free from mosquitoes that spread deadly …

Cancer-killing stem cells engineered in lab

<b>Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.</b><p>In experiments on mice, the stem cells were genetically engineered to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumours, without killing normal cells or …

Would You Drink Fake Cow's Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Fake cow’s milk will be hitting the shelves next year. Muufri is a new animal-free milk cooked up by bioengineers from genetically engineered yeast. …

Industrial Biotechnology

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Scientists: 'Positive' results in 1st human trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

The first human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has produced promising results, U.S. scientists said, raising hopes that protection from the deadly disease may be on the horizon.<p>All 20 healthy adults who received the vaccine in a trial run by researchers from the National Institutes of …

DNA survives sub-orbital trip on the exterior of a rocket

DNA molecules smeared onto the exterior of a sub-orbital test rocket are capable of surviving a 13-minute trip into space and a scorching re-entry, European researchers say.<p>The scientists' surprising finding, which was published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, suggests that genetic material is …

'Eye of Sauron' Opens Galactic Vistas to Astronomers

Gigantic black holes provide a new cosmic yardstick for charting far-off stars.<p>Monster black holes lurking within the core of galaxies offer a new way to measure how far many objects in the universe are from Earth, astronomers report on Wednesday—and with much better accuracy than ever before.<p>The …

Study proves that we can control each other's brains over the internet

A group of University of Washington researchers showed a year ago that brain-to-brain interfacing is possible in real life. Now, they're back after conducting a more thorough experiment, proving that their initial success wasn't a fluke. This time, the team performed tests using not just one pair, …

Researchers discover new genus of giant tortoise

These days it is dominated by shops and throngs of people. But millions of years ago, Madrid’s Gran Via belonged to herds of 2-metre-long tortoises.<p>That’s the conclusion of a study published by Spanish and Greek researchers in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Wrapping up a 10-year …

How Sex Organs Got Started: It Was an Evolutionary Quickie

If you turn over a mouse and a snake to look for their sex organs, you'd probably gain an appreciation for the diversity of genitalia in the animal world. Down near their tails, male mice have penises studded with tiny spines, and female mice have vaginas. But male snakes have a pair of penises, …

Biology

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar …

Google Developing a Pill That Would Detect Cancer and Other Diseases

LAGUNA BEACH, California — Google is attempting to develop a pill that would send microscopic particles into the bloodstream in an effort to identify …

The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

How will the future change the human brain? This week's <i>Big Future</i> takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the …

Scientists make enzyme that could help explain origins of life

The new enzyme is called a ribozyme because it is made from ribonucleic acid (RNA). Modern DNA-based life forms appear to have evolved from a simpler …

Scientists grow miniature human stomachs from stem cells

Miniature stomachs – gastric organoids – will help in study of ulcers and could be used in future to repair patients’ stomachs<p>Scientists have grown miniature human stomachs from stem cells as a way of studying gastric diseases such as ulcers and stomach cancer and in the future creating tissue to …

Genetically modified crops are the future and must not be blocked, say scientists