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Biology: A new dimension

Biology is not flat, so one expert in the sector is aiming to make 3D cell culture a commodity, explains Angel Garcia Martín



Understanding the mechanics of cells to provide new medical insights

University of Southampton researchers are at the forefront of research into mechanobiology, an emerging field of science combining biology and engineering, which investigates the influence of mechanical forces on cellular and molecular processes.



Almac wins Laboratory Team of the Year

Almac‘s Enzyme Research and Development team have been recognised at The Irish Laboratory Awards by winning “Laboratory Team of the Year.”



EU urged to increase investment in human-relevant testing tools for chemicals, cosmetics, medicines

Consortium including Dow, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, animal NGOs and academia issue statement



Research reveals low exposure of excellent work by female scientists

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found that high quality science by female academics is underrepresented in comparison to that of their male counterparts.



Agilent expands bioinformatics system into integrated biology suite

GeneSpring GX 11.5 is an expansion of its popular bioinformatics software into visualising and analysing multiple types of biological data



Biotech, nanotech and synthetic biology futures in food

Some say the world's population will swell to 9 billion people by 2030 and that will present significant challenges for agriculture to provide enough food to meet demand.



Graphical notation for biology

Researchers have released a new set of standards for graphically representing biological information-the biology equivalent of the circuit diagram in electronics.



Linking nanotechnology with biology

The recent explosion in the development of nanomaterials with enhanced performance characteristics for use in commercial and medical applications has increased the likelihood of people coming into direct contact with these materials.



Computational biology ­ with genomics as the new internet

With interests stretching from palaeontology to gastronomy and a background in theoretical and mathematical physics, Nathan Myhrvold is not a man to leave a stone unturned. After working with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University, he ended up as chief technology officer with Microsoft before retiring in 2000 to set up technology commercialisation firm Intellectual Values.



Discovery in synthetic biology takes us a step closer to new 'industrial revolution'

Scientists report that they have developed a method that cuts down the time it takes to make new 'parts' for microscopic biological factories from 2 days to only 6 hours.



New DNA sequencers offer biology in real-time

The market for DNA sequencers is growing, both in the face of demand and in line with the emergence of new, faster technologies. Here Sean Ottewell looks at the latest releases



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