Tag Archives: Biotechnology

Plant viruses as gene delivery vehicles

Getting RNA into cells is a major barrier to future theraputic approaches, so robust systems are urgently needed. Continue reading

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Modified bacteria turn waste into fuel 

“Green” chemistry turns plant waste into fatty acids, and then into fuel. Genetically modified E. coli bacteria are being used to to produce fatty acids from hydrolysates of biomass products such as  switchgrass and forestry residues. There are two ways … Continue reading

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Just a bag of enzymes?

A recent review provides a nice level headed summary of the potential and difficulties of synthetic biology. Continue reading

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Say cheese

Understanding bacteria means better cheese. Continue reading

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A reverse genetic system for Schmallenberg virus

Development of a reverse genetic system for Schmallenberg virus will aid in creation of attenuated strains that could be candidate vaccines. Continue reading

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Vaccines: From Empirical Development to Rational Design

Infectious diseases are responsible for an overwhelming number of deaths worldwide and their clinical management is often hampered by the emergence of multi-drug-resistant strains. Therefore, prevention through vaccination currently represents the best course of action to combat them. However, immune … Continue reading

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Not all viruses are bad viruses

Two recent interesting papers from Virology:   Tools from viruses: Bacteriophage successes and beyond. Virology. 11 Oct 2012, pii: S0042-6822(12)00458-8. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2012.09.017 Viruses are ubiquitous and can infect any of the three existing cellular lineages (Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya). Despite … Continue reading

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Plant virus expression vectors and production of biopharmaceutical proteins

It is a sad fact that a leading cause of infant mortality in developing countries continues to be from infectious diseases which are quite preventable. New technologies which can both deliver vaccines en mass and without the need for syringes, … Continue reading

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"Behind the wire" – the secret life of Porton Down

Porton Down, officially the UK’s “Defence Science and Technology Laboratory”, is a secretive and scary place, where biological warfare experiments go on “behind the wire” (a phrase used to differentiate the defence establishment from the other activities on the same … Continue reading

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