Spidersilk with unusual strength. Vanillin to make ice-creams taste delicious. Insulin that saves thousands of lives. All these interesting products can be produced in bacteria thanks to synthetic biology and they all have faced a crucial step in their development: what microorganism should be the chosen one? Currently, two main protagonists take over the stage: [...]
IGEM 2019 is around the corner! Our partner Auke van Heel tells us about this great synbio initiative in our latest #FutureOfSynbio video
1. The ink of these tattoos is teeming with #AwesomeMicrobes!🖋🦠 Meet the first ‘living’ tattoos 👇 Bacteria are so versatile that they can do almost everything… even turning into tattoos! Researchers have developed a ‘biologic’ ink made of bacteria and hydrogel and have used a 3D printer to draw branch-like tattoo patches in human skin. [...]
Vaccines have saved millions of lives worldwide. They banished smallpox from the face of the Earth in 1980, and other diseases like polio or malaria are going the same way. However, there are diseases that resist vaccination effects. One of these cases is Mycoplasma infections. Mycoplasma are microorganisms that, although they also infect humans, are [...]
Same, same but different! What are the boundaries between genetic engineering, biotechnology, and synthetic biology? Our partner Uwe Sauer from ETHZ tells us about it in our latest episode of the #FutureOfSynbio!
1. Beautiful, sustainable and bacteria-made! 🦠 These #AwesomeMicrobes can turn your clothes into a riot of colours! 🌈 Our Awesome Microbes of August are ready to go through the catwalk! Bacteria like Streptomyces coelicolor produce chemical compounds that can be used to dye clothes. These substances, unlike traditional dyes, are eco-friendly and biodegradable! Moreover, [...]
Industrial manufacturing produces lots of intermediate by-products. And the problem of industrial waste is a growing one. Decomposing these discarded substances usually takes a lot of resources, reaction plants… and the waste material has to be transported to the facilities. So, what can industry do about compounds that can’t be moved to be processed or [...]
The future of synbio could revolutionise the way we obtain animal products like meat or milk. Watch our latest video to discover more about Cellular Agriculture!
1. Beware the light! 💡 These #AwesomeMicrobes lure insects near the roundworms they live in 🦟 Once the prey is dead, they both get nutrients from it! 🦠 Our Awesome Microbes of July are bright and beautiful! The glow of Photohabdus luminiscens is particularly attractive for some insects… but they should beware of the light! [...]
Diesel oil floating on the ocean’s surface, old chemical hazards stacked up in an industrial warehouse, pollutants filtrating into the soil… Industrial activities produce a vast amount of residues that are a risk not only for humans, but for the environment. These compounds are often hard to clean and end up in places that are [...]