Editor Explains ‘New Philosophy’ of Open Access Scientist-Run Journal – ScienceInsider

“The new open access biomedical journal announced last month by a trio of research charities now has an editor-in-chief. He is cell biologist Randy Schekman, an HHMI investigator at the University of California, Berkeley, who now edits the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” Good questions in this interview, revealing more about the new […]

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 […]

Patients, Caregivers Willing To Buy Health Monitoring Devices — InformationWeek

“Nearly 8 of out 10 Americans are willing to pay up to $100 for a medical device that monitors their vital signs, according to an IBM survey that tracks trends in the use of mobile devices in healthcare. Fewer than 10% of respondents are paying out-of-pocket charges for such devices today, but more than one-third […]

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 […]

PLoS ONE: The Gut as Reservoir of Antibiotic Resistance: Microbial Diversity of Tetracycline Resistance in Mother and Infant

“These findings reinforce the notion that the human GIT is currently a relevant environment for the spread of antibiotic resistances, even in the case of young infants that solely ingest maternal milk. Further analyses involving more mother-infant pairs will be required in order to establish whether the trends observed in this case study describe the […]

In Massachusetts, entrepreneurs are on a mission to make a difference – The Boston Globe

“I was knocking back a Harpoon IPA last week in an old textile warehouse in Boston, thinking about what Massachusetts will mean to the global economy in this century. The beer had been brewed by a company headquartered just a few blocks away, in the Seaport District. But it had been chilled in a giant […]

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 […]