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Green SynBio: Bacteria for a sustainable planet

Large numbers of species on the brink of extinction, rising global temperatures, air, water and soil pollution - these and other events are causing an unprecedented environmental crisis that the world is facing nowadays. At first sight, the forecast is unfavourable, and scientific studies point to human activities as the main cause for this shady [...]

By |2020-09-17T12:09:04+02:00September 17th, 2020|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

August Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

1. Microbial mummy awakens! 🦠💀 Researchers recovered organism samples from the seafloor, deposited up to 100 million years ago - and found they are alive! 🌊 If there is something that surprises scientists about microbes it’s their survival skills. There are some species that are able to grow under extreme conditions, [...]

By |2020-09-01T13:23:28+02:00September 1st, 2020|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

Bacillus subtilis: synbio applications from the cell to the spore

When it comes to using microorganisms in the biotech industry, we can say there are two main kinds of scientists: those who work with Escherichia coli in their labs, and those who prefer Bacillus subtilis. These two bacteria species can be considered as counterparts: they belong to opposed groups in the Gram classification, a test [...]

By |2020-08-19T11:10:15+02:00August 19th, 2020|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

July Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

1. The ultimate #DNA “USB”? This new approach can boost DNA Data Storage! 🧬 In the same way that computers save information in binary code, cells store theirs in a 4 letter code - G,A,T and C, which are the abbreviations of four molecules: guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine. These four [...]

By |2020-08-03T12:05:26+02:00August 3rd, 2020|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

Microbial food: from the lab to your table

In the last decades, synthetic biology has provided scientists with a wide range of experimental tools to engineer organisms for many different purposes. That’s what we have been doing in fields like drug production, energy sourcing, waste treatment… It was a matter of time for this technology to be used in the food industry! The [...]

By |2020-07-22T12:04:45+02:00July 22nd, 2020|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

Born in iGEM: synthetic biology projects that turned into start-ups

Microorganisms that can munch on plastic waste. Bacteria that detect land mines. Microbes that can produce spider silk. Only twenty years ago, any of these applications would have been science fiction. But now, these and more wonders are within our reach, and we have synthetic biology to thank. The ability to engineer microorganisms is already [...]

By |2020-06-25T11:32:18+02:00June 25th, 2020|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

May Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

1. They are invisible to our eyes… but #AwesomeMicrobes do a lot for us! 🦠 Here you have some good examples! 👇 #bacteria If you think about the word “bacteria”, the first thing that may come to your mind is a combination of terrible illnesses and rotten food. But bacteria and [...]

By |2020-06-02T16:05:48+02:00June 2nd, 2020|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

Welcome to the Bacterial Park

In these uncertain times marked by the COVID-19 pandemic we have strived to raise awareness about the brighter side of the microbial world. In our aim to bring microbiology closer to society, and particularly to the youngest, we have developed an educational outreach activity to introduce children to microorganisms in general and bacteria in particular.  [...]

By |2020-05-29T16:06:11+02:00May 29th, 2020|BactToTheFuture, R4B news|0 Comments

E. coli: a bacterium that can kill you… or save your life

If you google “E. coli”, you’ll quickly see that this bacterium has a bad reputation. The first results are related to infections and food safety issues. However, if you ask scientists, you will find that they fall no short when praising its advantages. It is one of the model organisms most widely used in synthetic [...]

By |2020-05-29T15:46:30+02:00May 20th, 2020|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

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