May 2013

The First Movie Made of Atoms

NanoFacture, DNA Device, University of Washinton, Jae-Hyun Chung

IBM is hard at work cranking away on movies to revolutionize the world, those made of Atoms. Not really, but IBM used atoms to make a movie in order to make people think more about questions and thoughts they wouldn’t normally think of. Such as what is an atom, what are we made of, how we got here, etc. Plus sometimes you just need to have a little fun with science. It is pretty cool to be able to see one of the world’s smallest particles made into a movie.

Bionic Body Parts on the Way – Cybernetics Time

bioprinter, bionic air, cybernetics, michael McAlpine, Princeton,

Princeton University just made the first bionic ear and it can even pickup radio frequencies beyond the normal human range. Once gain our new friend the 3-D bioprinter was used, think I am going to buy one soon, you can make everything with them. The 3-D bioprinter and a cell culture were used to combine a small antenna with cartilage.

UW Develops New Device Which Extracts Human DNA Data in Minutes

NanoFacture, DNA Device, University of Washinton, Jae-Hyun Chung

Engineers at University of Washington (UW) have developed an easy-to-use device which can extract human DNA from fluid samples in a simpler, more proficient way than conventional methods. This instrument will allow researchers an easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples which will help with genome sequencing, forensic investigations and disease diagnosis.

Build Your Own PCR For Fifty Dollars (DIY)

DIY PCR, Make Your Own PCR, Lightbulb PCR, Russell Durrett, Popular Science

We came across this interesting blog posted by Russell Durrett found on Popular Science and wanted to share with you. We hope you enjoy. Biology’s equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It’s a mind-boggling feat.

New USB DNA Sequencer Allows Anyone to Analyze Genes

USB DNA Sequencer, Gene Analyzer, TheLabWorldGroup, genome sequencing, GridION, MinION,

The Human Genome Project was completed nine years ago and since then gene sequencing has gotten cheaper and faster at the pace of the rivaling computer manufacturing industry. Now, a company in the UK has developed a breakthrough device that allows anyone to sequence genes in the comfort of their own home for a $1,000.00.