Scientists at at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute have resurrected an ancient virus, and found that the virus is highly effective at delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle, and retina. This discovery could potentially be used to design gene therapies that are safer and more potent, and have a wider reach, than therapies currently available.
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have created an artificial ribosome that works like a natural one. The ribosome is the cellular complex of proteins and RNA molecules that synthesizes proteins in living cells. The development could open the way to creating custom designer proteins.
Warren Ruder, an assistant professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, and doctoral student Keith Heyde, used a mathematical model – a computer simulation – to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.
Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, led by Li Jinsong, WU Yuxuan of the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and YANG Li of CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, have successfully mass produced viable high-quality artificial sperm for the first time.