New discovery signals a potential end to the antibiotic crisis

An ingenious new invention named ‘iChip’ allows detection of antibiotics produced by soil microbes – such antibiotics utilised by humans to fight infection

Creating Spiderman

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the cinema to watch The Amazing Spider-Man. When the words “DNA” and “recombination” popped up during the film, I got excited and started thinking. I later asked myself: In reality, how close are we to creating artificial hybrid species? Let’s briefly revisit the idea of Spider-Man, a.k.a. Peter Parker. Parker […]

Grow Your Own Quantum Computer

Forget the huge factories of Apple, Samsung and HP: it seems that bacteria might be able to make faster, smaller and more powerful computers than we can. Biologically based wires and tiny hard-drives have been grown in the lab by a team from the University of Leeds and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. […]

Fighting Superbugs: The Battle Continues

“The first death in relation to this outbreak occurred on the sixth of January. The second occurred on the thirteenth of January. And, as you may have heard on the news overnight or this morning, the third death occurred late yesterday evening.” Visibly shaken neonatal consultant Clifford Mayes made this statement at a press conference […]

Video: GM from Scratch

Stop-motion genetic modification! Credit to Pen Hill, Lucy van Dorp, Sam Cavenagh, Vanna Barber and Luis Mulet Planelles. More > Got a taste for stop-motion science? Check out Edible CERN!