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Apr. 24, 2009

Better Brewing through Synthetic Biology?

Researchers have developed a more reliable approach to synthetic biology, the assembly of genetic 'standard parts' to create an organism with desired traits. The team used their improved method to build a genetic timer for brewer's yeast.

synthetic biology, beer, yeast

Mar. 06, 2009

Viral Bacteria-Killers

Could engineered viruses help conquer antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

phage, virus, MRSA, antibiotics

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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