Bacteria Flash Like Christmas Lights – ScienceNOW

“But why would it need to, even for a second? The researchers aren’t sure, but they believe that depolarizing their membranes may allow the bacteria to kick out charged molecules they’ve accumulated, such as toxins or antibiotics. In fact, Cohen says, the finding could be a potential antibiotic resistance mechanism. When the researchers put a […]

Ginkgo organism engineers and the pipe – Ginkgoo blog

“Here I’ll try to give a high-level picture of Ginkgo’s pipeline for organism engineering. If you’ve checked out our webpage, you’ll see that we have several different organism engineering projects happening at Ginkgo that span several different hosts. Our goal was to build out a pipeline that could support the engineering of all these very […]

Chemically evolved bacteria

“European scientists have created an Escherichia coli strain with a separate genome using chlorinated DNA. The genome should be unable to transfer back into unmodified bacteria, leading to what the researchers call a ‘genetic firewall’.” First arsenic, now chlorine. In my grad school days, we were studying DNA-protein interactions by modifying specific atoms on the […]

Comprendia and New England Biolabs Connect Epigenetics Scientists – PRNewsWire

“Comprendia, leading developer of web 2.0 and social media tools for the life sciences, sponsored by molecular biology reagents provider New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB), is introducing an online resource that will support epigenetics research. Epigenetics is a quickly growing field with important implications for oncology, neurology, metabolism and disease mechanisms. ‘Engaging Epigenetics Experts’ (E3) […]

Trillium toasts to local ingredients, tastes – BostonHerald.com

“A Brookline home brewer cleared a major hurdle this week on the way to opening a brewery of “farmhouse”-style beer in Fort Point. “It’s not a come-and-have-pints-all-night type place, it’s a come-and-have-a-sampler type place,” said Trillium Brewing Co. owner Jean-Claude Tetrault, 34. Trillium, which will have a storefront with a small tasting bar, scored a […]

Probiotics In Future May Be Prescribed For Your Neurological Well-Being – Medical News Today

“The study was led by Professor Mark Lyte and has been published recently in BioEssays. The researchers have proposed that neuroactive compounds if delivered via neurochemical-producing probiotics could help improve a host’s gastrointestinal and psychological health. These probiotics could be prepared for delivery of the compound using a unifying process of microbial endocrinology.”This paper proposes […]