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

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

Bacteria that munch on CO2 and brew bioplastics

The climate crisis is a pressing and complex matter that requires varied, innovative solutions: manufacturers changing the way they produce consumer goods, regulations that foster those changes, and social movements that support the shifts, to mention a few. Today we want to talk about how synthetic biology is helping with it: transforming the raw CO2 [...]

By |2020-01-21T14:27:50+02:00December 17th, 2019|R4B Biotechnology, R4B meets other projects|0 Comments

The beauty and the vitamins: biofactories for the cosmetic industry

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 [...]

By |2019-05-29T15:26:03+02:00May 27th, 2019|R4B Biotechnology, R4B news, R4B Study Case|0 Comments

R4B microorganisms: Escherichia coli

Some weeks ago we introduce you to one of the two model organisms that we use at Rafts4Biotech, B. subtilis. Today is time for the other main character of our investigation Escherichia coli ! Discover all about this microbe at a glance!

By |2018-12-19T15:08:59+02:00December 19th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B news, R4B Stories|0 Comments

R4B microorganisms: Bacillus subtilis

Do you want to learn more about the two main characters of our investigation? Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli, two different microbes with different features that we summarized in our new poster infographics. Discover more about these fascinating microorganisms at a glance! This month is time for Bacillus!

By |2018-10-16T11:52:19+02:00October 16th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B news, R4B Stories|0 Comments

New hazards require innovative solutions: preparing the next generation of antibiotics

Gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, salmonellosis… Not so long ago, illnesses like these were fatal. Antibiotics allowed us to treat them, but the overuse we have been doing of these drugs has a downside: bacteria have become so used to the antibiotics that they have developed defence mechanisms against them. As a result, some of these diseases have [...]

By |2018-07-17T11:24:00+02:00March 14th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

Academia vs Industry: when a good idea isn’t enough

The path from academia to industry is riddled with obstacles: business plans, funding schemes, market studies... Spin-off companies tread this trail, and hopefully develop a commercial product that exploits the discoveries made by academics. But good science does not necessarily mean fruitful business. And to illustrate this transition we talked with Dr. Veronika Stepankova, CEO [...]

By |2018-02-15T10:49:08+02:00February 14th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

E. coli: A missunderstood bacterium with an incredible potential

When hearing the name E. coli most people get scared, as food poisoning, stomach pain or even death are some of the things that come to their mind. What many don’t’ know is that E. coli does not only refer to the famous pathogen but to many other strains of the same species that are [...]

By |2018-02-01T13:22:31+02:00January 17th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

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