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Strip it out and build it back! Engineering a morphogen gradient

Imagine finding yourself in a thick crowd of people and having to figure out your whereabouts. Before the advent of smartphones, you used to have two main options: asking someone, or inspecting your surroundings in hopes of recognizing any landmarks. The smell of fresh bread... click to read more

  • Luca Cocconi | PhD Student at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK; Imperial College, London, UK
  • Marc de Gennes | PhD Student at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • Guillaume Salbreux | Professor at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 363
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 16, 2021
Engineering bacteria to save honey bees

Humans have kept honey bees for millennia, and scientists love to study them because of their unique societies (80,000 bees can live and work together in a single hive!) and communication (they exchange information by "dancing"). Honey bees also help produce much of the food... click to read more

  • Sean Leonard | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, US
  • Nancy Moran | Professor at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, US
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 11, 2021
The inanimate building-blocks for a living synthetic cell

In the field of "bottom-up" synthetic biology, we aim to build lifelike systems from inanimate building blocks. From this approach, we hope to gain deeper insights into the fundamental processes of life and develop new technological innovations. One such significant and possibly the most remarkable... click to read more

  • Kai Libicher | PhD student at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Am Klopferspitz 18, 82152 Martinsried, Germany
  • Hannes Mutschler | Professor at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Am Klopferspitz 18, 82152 Martinsried, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 22, 2020