At the beginning of the 20th century, the discovery of antibiotics had a great impact on human health. For the first time, we could treat diseases in previously unthinkable ways, by using compounds synthesized in nature by plants and, strikingly, also by microorganisms. For example, Penicillin, the first discovered antibiotic, was isolated from a type [...]
"Take your vitamins!". How many times have you heard the expression? Since their discovery in the first decade of the 20th century, we know that they are an important part of our diet. They are essential nutrients that our body needs to function properly. B1 helps our cells with the metabolism of glucose, amino acids, [...]
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!
A long time has passed since Leeuwenhoek used a handmade microscope to describe the existence of microorganisms in the XVIIth century and since then, our knowledge about these tiny creatures has massively increased. He provided the foundations of modern microbiology, but it wasn’t until over two centuries later that the first evidences of microbial genetics [...]
We assume that playing with building blocks is for children, but there are many who keep enjoying it as adults. They don’t build towers or houses anymore, but instead, they construct complex living organisms that are also made by standardised modular blocks: they are synthetic biologists. This young discipline is gaining adepts worldwide and one [...]
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!
At Rafts4Biotech we want to foster open science and dissemination and thus we prepared this video protocol to share it with the whole scientific community. In just a few minutes you will learn how to isolate lipid rafts step by step. Ready? Click below!
Spider silk made by goats, meatless meat brewed by yeast or animal-free leather produced by bacteria. For many, these inventions may sound like science-fiction, but they are real products available thanks to synthetic biology (synbio). A scientific field that remains unknown for most of the population, and we know what happens when scientific innovation moves [...]
For centuries we have attempted to answer some of the most fundamental questions of biology and tried to understand how life works at the most basic level. It wasn’t that long ago that we first discovered the molecular actors of life -nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates- and it wasn’t until 1958 that we understood [...]
We may not notice it in our everyday lives, but bacteria and other microorganisms are responsible for recycling a lot of our trash. They turn our organic waste into compost, take part in the decomposition of dead plants in the forest, and some of them can even help us with nuclear waste! This is possible [...]