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The Ohio State University Finds Bacteria That Eat Biocides, Produce Natural Gas

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 31, 2015

We’ve seen bacteria eat chlorine and even consume toxic byproducts of biodiesel plants, but researchers at The Ohio State University have found a new strain that takes the cake. These extremophiles literally eat biocide designed to kill them.

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Growing Personalized Leukemia Stem Cells at UW-Madison

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Personalized medicine is taking on a new meaning. Bioresearchers began creating human body parts from stem cells, but now are moving on to creating human diseases. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is already growing tumors, as we saw in October. The University of Wisconsin, Madison is now following suit by growing personalized leukemia cells.

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UMN Graduate Students Win $10K Prize For Biodegradable Foam

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 17, 2015

To avoid clogging up our oceans and land space, companies and researchers have been trying for years to focus on producing biodegradable materials. We saw a University of Illinois team devise a method to convert plastic bags into biofuel just last year. Now a team of graduate students at the University of Minnesota has created a polyurethane foam that is biodegradable.

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UMich Commercializes Novel, Life Saving Splints

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 10, 2015

Two years ago, we saw a remarkable advance in 3D printing technology: a professor and a doctor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor designed a splint to open the collapsing windpipe of a baby. A licensing agreement signed this month between these specialists and the 3D printing company Materialise will help such splints become a medical norm.

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Growing Fatter Tomatoes at Washington University

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 03, 2015

There are many solutions to the challenge of producing food for an ever-growing human population. One approach is to simply produce more food; we have seen successes on this front from research teams at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Another approach, proposed by biologists at Washington University, St. Louis, attempts to increase quality over quantity, increasing nutrient content in existing crops.

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Protecting Against Global Warming With Pineapples

Posted by Sam Asher on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Bioresearchers have long been studying the nuances of photosynthesis in an effort to improve an already excellent recipe laid down by nature. In recent experience, we have witnessed efforts to increase the efficiency of photosynthesis at Washington University in St. Louis and to increase the productivity of photosynthesis at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Another research group at UIUC is now searching for a way to protect photosynthesizing plants from increasing drought rates.

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Ohio State Team Concludes Fat Preserves Coral Reefs

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 19, 2015

We often hear about the dangers that human encroachment has on coral reefs, but far less often do we hear of ways the coral can survive. Though global warming continues to threaten the coral reefs of the world, researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that some species of coral are actually doing a very good job of surviving, and that their rate of survival is directly proportional to their fat content.

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MSU Group Builds a Better Toxin Receptor

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

We saw this July how researchers can help beneficial drugs evade an overly belligerent immune system by coating them in a honey mixture. Perhaps unsurprisingly, highly evolved pathogens are able to sneak past and even distract the defense mechanisms of plants. Bringing hope to the situation is a research group at Michigan State University at East Lansing who has found out a way to empower plants against such tricky attacks.

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Madison Bioengineer Develops Record-Breaking Phototransistor

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 05, 2015

We can learn a lot from nature in the realm of imaging. We’ve seen researchers at Washington University in St. Louis take cues from the mantis shrimp, a creature with depth perception in each eye and four times the color receptors of humans. Now, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, bioengineers are setting records with a new phototransistor that takes simple ideas from the eyes of mammals.

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UMich Study Defends Against Viruses With Bananas

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 29, 2015

Though it’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are part of a balanced diet, life science researchers continue to find health benefits in these foods beyond what anyone expected. Take the case of Ohio State University, for example, who three years ago found out that apples can lower levels of bad cholesterol. A new study from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor suggests that bananas can fight off viruses we’d otherwise be susceptible to.

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