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Inventions
Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
synthetic mucins
Inventions
Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.
April 10, 2021

Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.

Living Machines
The Next Generation of Living Machines: Xenobots 2.0
xenobots
Living Machines
The Next Generation of Living Machines: Xenobots 2.0
Made from the stem cells of a frog, “Xenobots” are tiny living machines. And researchers have just debuted version 2.0.
April 4, 2021

Made from the stem cells of a frog, “Xenobots” are tiny living machines. And researchers have just debuted version 2.0.

Art
Stunning “Agar Art” Grows Pictures with Bacteria and Fungi
agar art
Art
Stunning “Agar Art” Grows Pictures with Bacteria and Fungi
Agar art lets scientists tap into their creative sides by growing microbes into beautiful bioart scenes in petri dishes.
March 27, 2021

Agar art lets scientists tap into their creative sides by growing microbes into beautiful bioart scenes in petri dishes.

Plants
Researchers Have Developed a “Plant Communication” Device
plant communication
Plants
Researchers Have Developed a “Plant Communication” Device
Plants emit weak electric signals. Researchers have developed a device to read and send signals back — a type of “plant communication.”
March 20, 2021

Plants emit weak electric signals. Researchers have developed a device to read and send signals back — a type of “plant communication.”

Biology
Researchers Have Grown a Mouse Embryo in a Bottle
mouse embryo
Biology
Researchers Have Grown a Mouse Embryo in a Bottle
Researchers have grown a mouse embryo outside the uterus for longer than ever before, opening up the door to learning more about how mammals grow.
March 19, 2021

Researchers have grown a mouse embryo outside the uterus for longer than ever before, opening up the door to learning more about how mammals grow.

Medical Innovation
Scientists Grow Tear Gland Organoids That Can Actually Cry
Tear Gland Organoids
Medical Innovation
Scientists Grow Tear Gland Organoids That Can Actually Cry
Researchers have grown tear gland organoids that can actually cry, a potential breakthrough in the treatment of dry eye disease.
March 19, 2021

Researchers have grown tear gland organoids that can actually cry, a potential breakthrough in the treatment of dry eye disease.

Medicine
Biologist Infects Himself with Parasites in Pursuit of Hookworm Vaccine
hookworm vaccine
Medicine
Biologist Infects Himself with Parasites in Pursuit of Hookworm Vaccine
A marine biologist intentionally infected himself with parasitic hookworms and documented it in Tweets and pictures that will make your skin crawl.
February 14, 2021

A marine biologist intentionally infected himself with parasitic hookworms and documented it in Tweets and pictures that will make your skin crawl.

Genetics
These Mutant Zebrafish Are Growing Arm Bones
mutant zebrafish
Genetics
These Mutant Zebrafish Are Growing Arm Bones
While studying mutant zebrafish, scientists discovered that a single genetic mutation caused the fish to start developing the beginnings of arms.
February 13, 2021

While studying mutant zebrafish, scientists discovered that a single genetic mutation caused the fish to start developing the beginnings of arms.

Biology
Smart Stem Cells Made From Fat Have the Power to Heal
smart stem cells
Biology
Smart Stem Cells Made From Fat Have the Power to Heal
Researchers have reprogrammed human fat cells into adaptive smart stem cells that can lie dormant and heal various tissues.
February 13, 2021

Researchers have reprogrammed human fat cells into adaptive smart stem cells that can lie dormant and heal various tissues.