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Artificial red blood cells enable research into malaria invasion

August 30, 2019

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Imperial College London have established a new model system that uses…
Colour-changing artificial ‘chameleon skin’ powered by nanomachines

August 26, 2019

Researchers have developed artificial ‘chameleon skin’ that changes colour when exposed to light and could be used in…
Rice University postdoctoral researcher Sara Molinari and graduate student Shyam Bhakta illuminate a colony of E. coli bacteria. The researchers and their colleagues discovered a technique to prompt bacteria to mimic stem cells’ ability to differentiate when they divide. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Bacteria made to mimic cells, form communities

August 13, 2019

Rice University synthetic biologists prompt dividing bacteria to differentiate like stem cells. Rice University scientists have found a…
‘Limitless Potential’ of Artificial Protein Ushers in New Era of ‘Smart’ Cell Therapies

July 25, 2019

Medicine has a “Goldilocks” problem. Many therapies are safe and effective only when administered at just the right…
Artificial cells can deliver molecules better than the real thing

July 17, 2019

From pills to vaccines, ways to deliver drugs into the body have been constantly evolving since the early…
Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria

April 30, 2019

The strongest synthetic materials are often those that intentionally mimic nature. One natural substance scientists have looked to…
LLNL’s nanopore research hits a nerve

February 11, 2019

Since the discovery of biological ion channels and their role in physiology, scientists have attempted to create man-made…
Building a Better Brain-in-a-Dish, Faster and Cheaper

September 7, 2018

Writing in the journal Stem Cells and Development, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe…
Artificial Cells Are Tiny Bacteria Fighters

September 3, 2018

“Lego block” artificial cells that can kill bacteria have been created by researchers at the University of California,…
Natural and Artificial Cells made to Work Together for the First Time

March 19, 2018

While in previous experiments, artificial materials were made to interact with a variety of individual parts of biological…
Scientists make cells that enable the sense of touch

January 12, 2018

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have, for the…
A stable shell for artificial cells

October 27, 2017

Every cell needs a shell. The cell interior is separated from its surroundings by a membrane made up…
Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria

April 6, 2017

Synthetic biologists at Rice University have engineered gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis, an inflammation of the colon,…
Artificial Cells Pass the Turing Test for the First Time

January 28, 2017

The Turing test, developed more than sixty years ago, is a key method for testing artificial intelligence systems,…
Fertile Eggs Produced from Skin Cells for the First Time

October 22, 2016

In a scientific first, Japanese researchers had created mature eggs from skin cells extracted from the tails of…
Making artificial cells like soap bubbles!

August 4, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo used MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) technology to produce spherical vesicles (asymmetric…
Seeing the light: chemists create mimic of key vision protein

April 4, 2016

An artificial mimic of a key light-sensitive molecule has been made by scientists at the University of Bristol.…
3D cell growth opens new path to spinal repair

October 22, 2015

Griffith University researchers have opened a new avenue to advance a therapy to repair the paralysed spinal cord.…
Oxygen is a blessing, right? Well, it can also be a curse

October 15, 2015

Don’t expect to find Noah Malmstadt in an oxygen bar or inside a hyperbaric chamber. “People think oxygen…
Artifical neuron mimicks function of human cells

June 25, 2015

Scientists at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have managed to build a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This…
How anthrax spores grow in cultured human tissues

June 24, 2015

Cultured human lung cells infected with a benign version of anthrax spores have yielded insights into how anthrax…
Nano-Scale Memory Cell Brings Researchers Closer to Developing a Bionic Brain

May 18, 2015

Researchers from the MicroNano Research Facility at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia have recently…
Young researcher to let nanosubmarine repair cells in sick children

February 23, 2015

The talented Spanish researcher Leticia Hosta-Rigau, who has settled in Denmark, has just been awarded a Lundbeck Foundation…
Culture shock – Are lab-grown cells a faithful model for human disease?

February 4, 2015

Cell cultures used in biology and medical research may not act as a faithful mimic of real tissue,…
Cell membranes self-assemble

November 3, 2014

A self-driven reaction can assemble phospholipid membranes like those that enclose cells, a team of chemists at the…
Brandeis physicists unlock secrets of the 2-D world and edge closer to artificial cells

September 17, 2014

This synthetic cell-like sac, created by the Dogic lab, has bio-molecules that form a layer on the membrane…
Artificial cells act like the real thing

August 19, 2014

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that…
Introducing synthetic features to living organisms without genetic modification

June 17, 2014

(a) In the absence of artificial cells (circles), E. coli (oblong) cannot sense theophylline. (b) Artificial cells can…
Fully artificial tobacco virus allows scientists to pin-point how infections spread and cross species borders

May 20, 2014

The rise of synthetic biology has enabled scientists to “build” life from scratch – such a tool comes in…
Building Artificial Cells Will Be a Noisy Business

February 25, 2014

Engineers like to make things that work. And if one wants to make something work using nanoscale components—the…
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