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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+01:00June 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+01:00June 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+01:00May 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+01:00May 20th, 2020|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

April Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

1. #Bacteria are everywhere… also in our tongues! 🦠👅 You can see them in these astonishing pictures! 👇 There are trillions of bacteria living in different parts of our bodies, and many of them have made their homes in our tongues. Different microbes live on this organ and, surprisingly, they have [...]

By |2020-05-05T18:59:13+01:00May 5th, 2020|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

From H2020 to spin-off

After working hard for many years, saying goodbye to an H2020 project can be hard. This is especially true if you have achieved good results when you are left wondering how to expand and exploit them further. Luckily, the project doesn’t have to end with the H2020 funding. In this post, we want to go over [...]

By |2020-04-13T09:24:35+01:00April 13th, 2020|R4B meets other projects|0 Comments

TOPCAPI: microbial factories to produce antibiotics

Antibiotics are one of the scientific innovations that changed the world back in the 20th century. However, the overuse and the misuse of antibiotics during the years have fed the emergence of multi-resistant bacteria. As a consequence, “superbug” infections are one of the most urgent threats that humankind has to fight. Since the discovery of [...]

By |2020-03-20T11:44:55+01:00March 20th, 2020|R4B meets other projects|0 Comments

February Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

1. Bricks made of #bacteria that can repair themselves? 🧱🦠 #Synbio could be in charge of the buildings of the future! 🏘🧬 We have already heard about self-healing concrete but now scientists have gone a step further and they are building materials that can be grown on-site! A team from the University of Colorado [...]

By |2020-03-06T10:58:19+01:00March 6th, 2020|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

Bioroboost: standardising synthetic biology

If you crack open a TV, your laptop or your phone, you’ll see that their parts look very similar: resistances, capacitors, transistors… You could take some of these parts, use them in another device, and they would work! Although it seems natural now, this standardisation was everything but spontaneous. It took (and still takes) a [...]

By |2020-02-24T15:37:41+01:00February 24th, 2020|R4B meets other projects|0 Comments

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