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Detecting SARS-CoV-2 with a smartphone camera

International researchers have developed a device that can, with the help of a smartphone camera, detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab. The test makes use of the gene-splicing CRISPR-Cas technology to be able to make a positive test result fluoresce so that a standard mobile can detect it within the device.

Dec 11th, 2020

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Organoids produce embryonic heart

Bioengineers have used organoids - tiny lab-grown organs - to mimic the early development of the heart in the mouse embryo. The work is another step towards future bioartificial organs for research and transplants.

Nov 11th, 2020

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I quit sugar: making biofactories that run on waste

Scientists have found a way to use waste products as yeast feed. This exciting discovery opens up the possibility of fuelling biofactories without devoting arable land to producing sugars for them, but also because of the larger role methylotrophic organisms play in the environment.

Nov 5th, 2020

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An artificial cell on a chip

Scientists have developed a precisely controllable system for mimicking biochemical reaction cascades in cells. Using microfluidic technology, they produce miniature polymeric reaction containers equipped with the desired properties.

Oct 28th, 2020

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