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Scientists produce synthetic yeast chromosome, with help from Hopkins students

(TheSun) With the help of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students who spent years stringing bits of DNA together, scientists have built the world’s first synthetic yeast chromosome, which eventually could help in the production of drugs, vaccines, biofuels and even beer. Jef Boeke, a former Hopkins professor, started working on the research with students in  Read More »

New enhanced microbial killing discovered in neutrophils

(MedicalNewsToday) Case Western Reserve University researchers have discovered a novel population of neutrophils, which are the body’s infection control workhorses. These cells have an enhanced microbial killing ability and are thereby better able to control infection. Neutrophils, the body’s most abundant type of white blood cells, have long been regarded as first responders that kill  Read More »

Synthetic biologists break new ground in medicine, energy

(PhysOrg) With such ambitious goals as helping cure cancer and eradicating pervasive disease, some of the most talented scientists in the country from the emerging field of synthetic biology are breaking new ground at Northwestern University. The hot field of synthetic biology uses tools and concepts from physics, engineering and computer science to build new  Read More »

Biosecurity spending under the microscope

(Newstalk ZB) Biosecurity spending priorities are being put under the microscope. The Ministry for Primary Industries spent over $900,000 on an operation earlier this year after a single Queensland Fruit fly was found in Whangarei. Labour MP Damien O’Connor says the money had to be spent, and the work had to be done, but it’s  Read More »

Information poses bigger bioterrorism threat than microbes

(Wired UK) It is the spread of information rather than microbes that poses the biggest bioterrorism threat today, concluded a panel of experts at Chatham House today. Biosafety is no longer simply about controlling substances and microbes, but information, says Laurie Garrett who runs the Council on Foreign Relation’s Public Health Program. While we have  Read More »