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Synthetic biology moves beyond bacteria and viruses with ‘man-made’ yeast chromosome

(BioNews) The world’s first functional synthetic yeast chromosome has been created in an international seven-year effort. It is the first time a working chromosome from a eukaryotic organism – one that has cells containing a nucleus – has been artificially created. Synthetic biology’s prior milestones were mainly in bacteria or viruses,  Read More »

Biodefense Stock Alert: PositiveID (OTCBB: PSID) Signs Agreement with unit of UTC Aerospace Systems for U.S. Government Contract

(Newswire) PositiveID Corporation (OTCBB: PSID), a developer of biological detection and diagnostics solutions, is proud to announce that it has signed a contract with UTC Aerospace Systems’ ISR & Space Systems unit to support a contract for the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”). This contract is expected to be performed over  Read More »

Bioterrorism public health superbug

(HomelandSecurityNewsWire) A new kind of single-dose vaccine that comes in a nasal spray and does not require refrigeration could dramatically alter the public health landscape — get more people vaccinated around the world and address the looming threats of emerging and re-emerging diseases. Researchers presented the latest design and testing of  Read More »

Virus Continues to Plague Midwest

(TheScientistMagazine®) Five years ago, a new disease reared its head in northwestern Missouri when two older men fell ill with what was later identified as a new virus, dubbed Heartland virus for the region of the country in which it was first found. Through field studies conducted in 2012, researchers identified  Read More »

Brighter future for bacteria detection

(MITNewsOffice) Ever wonder why fruits and vegetables sometimes hit the shelves contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as listeria, E. coli, and salmonella? According to Tim Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering at MIT, it boils down to the inefficient bacteria-detection assays used in the food industry. In  Read More »