Category Archives: Bioengineering

Creepy crawly centipedes are a source of new high-strength painkillers

I’m dreading the day I get knocked up, since I know that my incredibly low pain threshold will have trouble dealing with the crazy horror that is childbirth. That’s why I was overjoyed to hear of some new research from … Continue reading

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Pumping out Petrol with Bioengineered Bugs

One of the terribly tricky questions in this ol’ world of ours is how to sustain a species that likes to extract toxic crude oil from the ground and use it in a way that’s disturbingly damaging to the environment … Continue reading

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Magnificently Mathematical Mussels

Despite the ease with which mussels can be cooked and eaten with chips, harvesting these tiny shelled bivalves from the seashore requires a certain amount of industrious prising. That’s because mussels use multiple thin byssus threads to securely fasten themselves … Continue reading

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Fish parasite inspires sticky surgical tissue patch

Surgeons still find it tricky to quickly and reliably stick a wet, slippery organ back together during invasive procedures. The currently available selection of ‘stick-you-together’ products – staples and chemical glues – do a decent job, but make a bit … Continue reading

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Stem Cells Wanted: Alive Not Dead

Stem cell therapies are taking off, in a surprisingly unregulated way. While most humans have to go to places like South Korea to receive them, horses, dogs, cats, pigs and tigers are already being treated in North America. The most … Continue reading

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