Posts Tagged: Biotech

Genetic Engineering: What Makes a Superpower?

What makes a superpower? Simply defined as something that is greater than the norm, be it strength or speed, shooting lasers from the eyes or flying, or invulnerability.  Harvard geneticist, George Church, relates vaccines to superpowers, “Vaccines are advancements over our ancestors. If you could tell our ancestors they could walk into a smallpox ward… Read more »

Oncolytic Viruses – Going to New Lengths

Virus are a staple in science for recombining DNA and can be used to develop viral vaccines or as vectors in gene therapy.  With the progress made in next generation sequencing, designing nucleic acid constructs and genomes can happen in hours and days rather than weeks and months.  Leading scientist, Bruce Smith, V.M.D., Ph.D. at… Read more »

FRIDAY SCIENCE FUN FACTS HALLOWEEN EDITION

In the spirit of the Halloween Weekend, Quiz yourself on Halloween related fun!   1.) A spider’s web is made of what chemical substance?              A. protein  B. starch  C. sugar  D. lipid or fat 2.) Spiders are : A. vegetarians  B. omnivores  C. carnivores 3.) Bats navigate and move through the night using:   A. sonar  B…. Read more »

Zika Shot Ready To Be Tested In Humans

Earlier this year, as the Zika outbreak exploded around the globe sending companies into the R&D fray to develop a vaccination. Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected mosquito and can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects such as, unusually small heads and brain damage… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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