Biotechnology

A marriage of the human brain & computer

Reading Time: 3 minutes For over a thousand years, human brains have remained the same – same as that of a cave person. But the world around us has completely changed. In recent times, we have begun changing our brain with technology. I don’t mean it to metamorphose, but… Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/158301585@N08/43267970922 *** […]

Artificial Intelligence in Diagnosing Diseases

Reading Time: 7 minutes It was only a fortnight ago when artificial intelligence (AI) proved to diagnose skin cancer with more accuracy than a human doctor. This is just the tip of a massive iceberg, where AI is gearing up to become a strong tool in diagnosis, aiding better healthcare. From breath… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/brother-uk/31501281374) *** […]

Let Your Brain Drive You Around

Reading Time: 3 minutes Even before touchscreens became a household necessity, we used to operate our computers and phones using keypads. Input methods for computing devices changed from primitive keypads to sophisticated touchscreens. Companies are now working towards hacking the human mind and using the brain signal to perform different operations. The… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:EEG_recording.jpg) *** […]

Cloning: Breakthrough technology in Genetic Engineering

Reading Time: 5 minutes From frogs to sheep and probably even ourselves, humans can clone just about anything. The prospect of cloning humans is highly controversial, and it raises a number of ethical, legal, and social challenges that need to be considered. But, the question is can cloning increase the… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/twin-redheads-serious-dolls-2747717/) *** […]

Eat Water Bubbles to Quench your Thirst

Reading Time: 3 minutes You might have slurped water. You might have gulped it. And you definitely will have sipped it. But have you ever eaten it? In an effort to bid adieu to the use of plastic bottles and glasses used for water and other juices, Skipping Rocks Lab, a sustainable… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-clear-glass-decor-907518/) *** […]

Biobots – Revolutionizing Robotics

Reading Time: 4 minutes Robots are no more just wires and metal. Living cells are making their way into creating biohybrid robots. A research team from Georgia Institute of Technology led by Steve Potter has been experimenting with a combination of neuron cells from a rodent and a robotic body to…  (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/scorpio-arachnid-gliederf%C3%BCsser-2878338/) *** […]

Forget the Cloud, Store Photos & Videos in Bacteria

Reading Time: 4 minutes Exploring new horizons of CRISPR application, researchers at Harvard Medical School successfully stored a short video in the DNA of bacteria and later retrieved it successfully. It is the first time a video has been recorded in living cells. In 2016, a team at the Wyss Institute… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/mirahorian/1856445773) *** […]

US, China Active Incubators for CRISPR Technologies

Reading Time: 4 minutes CRISPR, the gene editing technique that became popular world over in 2012, is drawing the attention of researchers. This technique of genetic engineering offers revolutionary prospects encouraging researchers to improvise, develop and tame these breakthrough molecular scissors. Amid the high stake patent battle between University of… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/man-dna-spiral-biology-merge-2125123/) *** […]

Artificial Spider Silk Could Revolutionize Clothing & Warfare Apparel

Reading Time: 3 minutes We have built supersonic missiles that fly faster than the speed of sound and travelled all the way to the moon; yet the silken threads created by tiny house spiders to catch their prey remains an astonishing marvel of nature’s engineering. As thin as it seems, a spider web can absorb large amount of energy… (Featured image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mliu92/2835308212) *** […]

Sterile Salmon on your Plate, and You Wouldn’t Know

Reading Time: 3 minutes Biotechnology is going heads-on into unexplored waters. After bioluminescent plants, there’s another surprise in store for the common man. The US Food and Drug Administration, popular as FDA, recently approved a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as its natural counterparts on 25 per cent lesser food, and is sterile. The brainchild of AquaBounty, the AquaAdvantage project involves […]

Glowing Plants may Replace Streetlights

Reading Time: 2 minutes Night snorkeling in Thailand’s Krabi is a great hit among tourists who throng the beach at sundown to enjoy the light emitting waters. In the face of a growing energy crisis, scientists are looking for an immediate quick fix with bioluminescent plants that can replace light bulbs. San Francisco-based technology entrepreneur Antony Evans, and biochemist Omri Amirav-Drory have joined hands […]

Growing Potatoes on Mars

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mars has regained its stardom on Earth in these last few weeks. First, there was that big buzz about water detected on the red planet, and then there is the blockbuster movie The Martian that’s taking the theatres by storm. On a third dimension, there is NASA’s interest to undertake manned missions to Mars in the next few decades, sometime […]

Relax & Energize with Digital Drug

Reading Time: 3 minutes Better sleep, reduced hangovers, motivated workouts, increased productivity, active start on a Monday morning – while all these are still persistent items in our ‘to-achieve’ list, Isy Goldwasser set off on a solution finding mode. Result? She created the world’s first digital drug to alter a person’s mood! Goldwasser’s Silicon Valley start up, Thync, has introduced a smartphone-controlled headset, also […]

Organ Failure? Print a New One

Reading Time: 4 minutes Did you know that since 2013 cosmetics giant L’Oreal Group hasn’t tested its products on animals? Instead, it has been relying on “reconstructed human epidermis” — basically bits of skin grown in a lab — to ensure that its products are safe. Scientists have successfully bioprinted various living human organs like the skin, liver, bones, heart valves, stem cells and […]