In this paper, engineering proteins to respond to light results in a tool we can use to analyze biochemical activity of proteins that play a role in various human diseases. Continue reading How Can We Control Proteins with Light?
Synthetic biology can enable us to sustainably produce everday products. Here’s a discussion on a paper that shows us how to do just that. Continue reading How to Build an Industry with Biology, Part 2
Isoprenoids include nutrients, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and more. Can we build them with biology? Continue reading How to Build an Industry with Biology
An in-depth look at how yeast cells organize their intracellular signaling cascades. Continue reading Sleuthing Intracellular Communications, Part 2
Yeast use the same components for different processes. How do they keep from mixing signals? Continue reading Sleuthing Intracellular Communications: How to Track a Signaling Cascade
How googling “tap dance” led to learning about water droplet behavior in electric fields. Continue reading Dancing Water Droplets and Electro-Elasto-Capillarity
Three coronavirus papers, one blog post. Come for a quick digest of recent research. Continue reading Covid-19: Collected Papers
A recent paper shows the impact of undocumented cases on the spread of covid-19. Continue reading Covid-19: How Modeling Infection Rates Highlights the Need for Social Distancing
Concluding our review of this TNT bioremediation paper, we here dive into the science behind the study. Continue reading Can Plants Contribute to TNT Bioremediation? Part 2
Apparently, they can. Many plants are capable of detoxifying TNT pollution in soils. Unfortunately (but not surprisingly), plants get sick and don’t grow that well when exposed to TNT. Here’s a paper by some scientists who wondered if we can change that, giving plants an edge in TNT bioremediation. Continue reading Can Plants Contribute to TNT Bioremediation?
A summary of a paper that discusses the power coral reefs have to protect coastlines from the everyday wear-and-tear of ocean waves. Continue reading How Do Corals Protect Coastlines? Part 2
Introducing a new paper review on the power of artificial reefs to protect coastlines. Continue reading How Do Corals Protect Coastlines?
We complete our examination of the biofilms, plants, and pathogens paper, and conclude with a wrap-up of implications this paper has for its field. Continue reading How Do Plants Battle Biofilms? Part 3
We continue our overview of a paper discussing biofilms and plant-bacteria communications. Here we discuss most of the figures, so this might take a while . . . Continue reading How Do Plants Battle Biofilms? Part 2
Welcome to a paper about quorum sensing, chemical warfare, and plant-bacterial espionage. Continue reading How Do Plants Battle Biofilms?