Insects: The sustainable future of food and feed?

Insects: The sustainable future of food and feed?

Busani Bafana | 
Call it protein on the fly, on the shuffle or on the crawl. Insects are the future of food, offering ...
Opioid vaccine that limits relapses during detox treatment is on the horizon

Opioid vaccine that limits relapses during detox treatment is on the horizon

Tracey Romero | 
Inoculations are commonly used to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19, but they also may have the potential to treat substance ...
Video: The story of ‘Miracle Millie’, the chihuahua cloned 49 times — and how to (expensively) extend the life of your pet

Video: The story of ‘Miracle Millie’, the chihuahua cloned 49 times — and how to (expensively) extend the life of your pet

Ian Bremmer | 
What if you never had to say goodbye to your best four-legged friend? That's right, now you can clone your ...
Biologically-modified seaweed could be an ideal eco-friendly plastic packaging alternative

Biologically-modified seaweed could be an ideal eco-friendly plastic packaging alternative

Emily Holbrook | 
In an industry first, DS Smith could use seaweed across its packaging network as an alternative fiber source to wood ...
Wind-proof corn? New hybrid variety withstands 100 mile per hour winds, helping crops survive unpredictable and extreme weather

Wind-proof corn? New hybrid variety withstands 100 mile per hour winds, helping crops survive unpredictable and extreme weather

Matthew Wilde | 
Only one corn-breeding line out of about 150 remained standing after a derecho slammed into Beck's Superior Hybrids nursery, near ...
Major disruption: Conventional meat and dairy businesses face serious challenges as alternative innovations blossom

Major disruption: Conventional meat and dairy businesses face serious challenges as alternative innovations blossom

Jeff Gelski | 
Meat and dairy products in recent years have battled plant-based alternatives for consumer dollars. Now, another competitor looms.  “Major disruption ...
‘Waste can be reimagined as a resource’: How insects are making trash sustainable

‘Waste can be reimagined as a resource’: How insects are making trash sustainable

Anagha Subhash Nair, Milly Chan | 
[Chua Kai-Ning] and her partner, Phua Jun Wei, founded startup Insectta in 2017. They are battling Singapore's food waste crisis ...
‘Would you wear clothing, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers?’ Microbe-made synthetic proteins might be stronger than Kevlar

‘Would you wear clothing, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers?’ Microbe-made synthetic proteins might be stronger than Kevlar

Would you wear clothing or, say, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers? What if those fibers could endure ...
DNA in space: First CRISPR gene-editing study by astronauts opens door to future experimentation

DNA in space: First CRISPR gene-editing study by astronauts opens door to future experimentation

Ailsa Harvey | 
The first CRISPR experiment to take place in space shows that DNA can repair itself in microgravity.  As part of ...
Harnessing biotechnology: Faced with 720 million undernourished people around the world, UN embraces genetic engineering and precision agriculture

Harnessing biotechnology: Faced with 720 million undernourished people around the world, UN embraces genetic engineering and precision agriculture

Mona Chaya, Preet Lidder | 
In 2020, between 720 and 811 million people were undernourished globally, around 161 million more people than in 2019. Conflict ...
Stem cells harvested from patient with neurological disorder turned into 3D mini brain that shows signs of seizures

Stem cells harvested from patient with neurological disorder turned into 3D mini brain that shows signs of seizures

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have developed brain ...
AI-driven robots can now be found everywhere — but they're often annoying. Will they ever evolve grace and consciousness?

AI-driven robots can now be found everywhere — but they’re often annoying. Will they ever evolve grace and consciousness?

Meghan O'Gieblyn | 
With AI, engineers had typically used a top-down approach to programming, as though they were gods making creatures in their ...
Cheese without the cow? Lactose-intolerant Shell engineer developing gene-edited soybean-based ‘cheese’ that stretches, tastes and toasts just like the real thing

Cheese without the cow? Lactose-intolerant Shell engineer developing gene-edited soybean-based ‘cheese’ that stretches, tastes and toasts just like the real thing

In the United States alone, roughly 9 million cows are devoted to churning out torrents of milk a year which, ...
‘Understanding long COVID is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall’: Research emerges on long-time sufferers

‘Understanding long COVID is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall’: Research emerges on long-time sufferers

Andy Larsen | 
“There is currently no accepted case definition for symptoms or duration of long COVID. Consequently, it is difficult to estimate ...
Newly engineered nanoparticles developed to treat drug-resistant fungal infections

Newly engineered nanoparticles developed to treat drug-resistant fungal infections

Alita Sharon | 
They’re roughly the same size as a coronavirus particle, and 1000 times smaller than a human hair, yet newly engineered ...
Why researchers are vacuuming ‘environmental DNA’ from the sky

Why researchers are vacuuming ‘environmental DNA’ from the sky

Teresa Carey | 
Scientists have been using environmental DNA (eDNA) for more than 10 years to measure biodiversity and discover new species, often ...
Gene drives to control plant pests show promise but technological and public acceptance hurdles loom

Gene drives to control plant pests show promise but technological and public acceptance hurdles loom

Arthropods crop pests are responsible for 20% of global annual crop losses, a figure predicted to increase in a changing ...
Inside the quest to develop second-generation vaccines, variant-proof boosters and a shot that works against future pandemics

Inside the quest to develop second-generation vaccines, variant-proof boosters and a shot that works against future pandemics

Carolyn Johnson | 
Even as vaccine supplies outstrip demand in the United States, the scientific quest for coronavirus shots has scarcely eased. In ...
Children are the ‘final frontier’ for COVID shots, and many parents are resistant. But not these, and here’s why

Children are the ‘final frontier’ for COVID shots, and many parents are resistant. But not these, and here’s why

Holly Yan | 
Toddlers and babies as young as 6 months old are testing Covid-19 vaccines to help make sure they're safe for ...
Vertical farms inside restaurants? How hydroponics is creating a natural farming future — indoors

Vertical farms inside restaurants? How hydroponics is creating a natural farming future — indoors

Gaia Lamperti | 
Based on cultivation techniques that do not require the use of soil and which generally have an excellent application even ...
Viewpoint: OMG! GMO! Killer ice cream? Here’s the latest in anti-biotechnology hysteria

Viewpoint: OMG! GMO! Killer ice cream? Here’s the latest in anti-biotechnology hysteria

Cameron English | 
If you're worried about never-ending wars, crippling national debt, poverty, disease, social unrest, or even really bad stomach aches, the ...
Brain fingerprinting: Microelectronics and medical imaging bring us closer to acheiving mind reading and banishing blindness

Brain fingerprinting: Microelectronics and medical imaging bring us closer to acheiving mind reading and banishing blindness

Arthur Caplan, Kenneth Foster, Paul Root Wolpe | 
Coupled with powerful microelectronics, science’s understanding of the brain is opening the door to new ways of handling criminal investigations ...
‘We’re successful when our steaks are served at a diner in rural Kansas’: Can mushrooms replicate the taste and texture of animal meat?

‘We’re successful when our steaks are served at a diner in rural Kansas’: Can mushrooms replicate the taste and texture of animal meat?

Jennah Haque | 
While plenty of plant-based meat companies claim to replicate the taste of the real thing, industry leaders like Beyond Meat, ...
‘She is a force of nature’: Meet the professor trying to make bone marrow transplants safer

‘She is a force of nature’: Meet the professor trying to make bone marrow transplants safer

Elizabeth Preston | 
[Agnieszka Czechowicz] is now an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In her lab research, ...
How can we protect wild salmon from interbreeding with farmed salmon? CRISPR gene editing is a solution

How can we protect wild salmon from interbreeding with farmed salmon? CRISPR gene editing is a solution

Lisa Abend | 
Upon an otherwise unruly landscape of choppy sea and craggy peaks, the salmon farms that dot many of Norway’s remote ...
If you can't see me you can't bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

If you can’t see me you can’t bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

Sabrina Imbler | 
For the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing tool Crispr-Cas9 to render humans effectively invisible in the eyes of ...
Do we need a new COVID vaccine to fight new and potentially more lethal variants?

Do we need a new COVID vaccine to fight new and potentially more lethal variants?

Stephanie Pappas | 
The rapid spread of the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has put more patients in hospital beds and led to reinstatements ...
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