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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!