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 [...]
Oscar Kuipers and his team at University of Groningen are using synthtic biology to optimise the production of antibiotics! Watch our latest video and #MeetThePartners!
1. A cream made of squid to heal up burns? 🐙 @iGEM_Leiden team plans to use #bacteria to make a squid tentacle protein that mimics human skin! 🦠 Watch this video to know more! 👀 Currently, doctors don’t have enough treatments to restore the skin of burn victims back to its functional state. Now, the [...]
Water bottles, food packages, supermarket bags… we all use them on our day to day and, in the vast majority, they’re all made from plastic. Just in Europe, we are consuming over 50 million tonnes of plastic each year: nearly 100 Kg of plastic for each one of us! In the face of this environmental [...]
Jiri Damborsky and his team from Loschmidt Laboratories are our experts in protein engineering at #R4B! Watch our latest video and get to know them!
1. Shiny, resistant and made by #bacteria! 💎 These #AwesomeMicrobes can create pearl-like materials! Meet them here! 👇 Nacre is a material made by some molluscs that acts as the inner shell layer and coates the outer layer of pearls. Its toughness and stiffness makes nacre a very desirable material, but its obtention has been [...]
Grooming and beauty are important issues in modern societies. You only need to turn on the TV to see a lot of commercials offering anti-aging treatments, make-ups in all colours and shapes and products designed to take care of the skin. The importance of cosmetics is currently overwhelming and, consequently, its market weight in economy [...]