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BioBits™: Making Hands-on Biology Experiences Accessible for Everyone

Molecular biology is difficult to teach in schools, since the concepts can't be seen and are instead represented with abstract diagrams in textbooks. Some schools have introduced hands-on activities, such as growing cells that glow green, to illustrate these ideas in real life and facilitate... click to read more

  • Ally Huang | PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biological Engineering, USA
  • Jessica Stark | PhD student at Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, USA
  • Peter Nguyen | Wyss Technology Fellow at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, USA
Views 75
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 22, 2019
Gene edited “superpigs” resist devastating disease

Genome editors are simple tools that allow scientists to make very precise changes to the genome of any organism by cutting the genome at a very precise location. If you imagine the genome as a single, continuous string of information containing the instructions to build... click to read more

  • Christine Burkard | Assistant professor at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Views 580
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Feb 13, 2019
Keeping CRISPR under control: how bacteria fight viruses without harming themselves

Bacteria are in a constant struggle with the viruses that infect them. While we often think of bacteria as agents of infection, bacteria are in turn infected by viruses, called phage. The phage that infect bacteria and archaea are the most abundant class of organism... click to read more

Views 310
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 14, 2019
Scutoid cell blocks: a (energetically) cheap way of life

Breaking news! Believe it or not, we are formed by cells! Well, to be honest, we know this since 1665 when Robert Hooke discovered and named the fundamental constituents of all animals. Hooke performed pioneering microscopy and biological studies but, in addition, he was also... click to read more

  • Pedro Gómez-Gálvez | PhD student at Departamento de Biología Celular, Universidad de Sevilla and Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla (IBiS), Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío/CSIC/Universidad de Sevilla. Seville, Spain
  • Luis M. Escudero | Principal Investigator at Departamento de Biología Celular, Universidad de Sevilla and Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla (IBiS), Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío/CSIC/Universidad de Sevilla. Seville, Spain
  • Javier Buceta | Principal Investigator at Bioengineering Department and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Lehigh University. Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA
Views 640
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 7, 2019
The Alcohol Hangover: A Thought Impairing Experience

Headache, nausea, and fatigue are all common symptoms experienced the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Individuals also describe effects on concentration, mood, and decision-making. However, the scientific literature investigating these effects is scarce and has often produced mixed results, preventing firm conclusions. Given that... click to read more

  • Craig Gunn | PhD student at Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, UK
Views 362
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 11, 2018