Portable ‘cold plasma’ wand prototype could destroy germs in seconds

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A team of engineering professors from the University of Michigan have created a plasma jet wand that they believe could quickly and easily disinfect hospital rooms. The ion-emitting device looks something like a Ghostbusters’ proton packs, and…

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Gene-modified viruses rescue patient from drug-resistant ‘superbug’

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Doctors normally resort to bacteriophages (bacteria-killing viruses) to kill antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” only when they’ve run out of options, in part because it’s difficult to find the ideal example. It can take months or more just to find a v…

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MIT researchers made a living ink that responds to its surroundings

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Researchers at MIT have developed a 3D printable hydrogel that can sense and respond to stimuli. The hydrogel is loaded with bacteria that can be genetically programmed to light-up when they come in contact with certain chemicals and, therefor…

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Scientists take a big step toward creating custom organisms

By applenews, bacteria, dna, engadget, geneticengineering, genetics, life, medicine, recombineering, salmonella, sircas, syntheticbiology, syntheticlife, tomorrow

Scientists dream of using custom organisms to fight illnesses or even build computers, but there’s a problem: it’s difficult to make the sweeping genetic changes that would give you exactly the lifeform you need. To that end, researchers have found…

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Researchers are breeding fluorescent bacteria to uncover landmines

By av, bacteria, engadget, gaming, hebrewuniversity, hebrewuniversityofjerusalem, landmine, mine detection, mines, nature, paper, Research, science, universityofjerusalem

One of the many tragedies of war are the dangers that persist long after conflicts formally end — dangers like abandoned minefields peppered with active, deadly ordnance. Buried landmines threaten the lives of ordinary people near former batt…

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