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
Yeah so this is basically a hodgepodge of my notes from that zoology course I took back in undergrad. Continue reading 5 Phyla to Identify in a Tide Pool
This review can teach us the basics of synthetic biology, seen through the lens of emerging photosynthetic chassis strains. Continue reading Engineering with Light and Air: A Review (2)
We already engineer microbes to make natural products. What if we did the same with photosynthetic ones? Continue reading Engineering with Light and Air: A Review
Three coronavirus papers, one blog post. Come for a quick digest of recent research. Continue reading Covid-19: Collected Papers
A vitamin C review puts the human immune response in the spotlight. Continue reading Always Take your Vitamins: A Review
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?
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