This site features trending biotechnology items from the web for 5 of August 2019.
Trending biotechnology news item:
Eye imaging technology provides opportunities in biotechnology: In her doctoral dissertation, M.Sc. Sanna Haavisto, researched the flow properties of aqueous microcellulose suspensions. Optical coherence tomography, an imaging technology commonly used in medical imaging of eye, was applied in a novel way in her study. The measurement methods developed in the doctoral thesis can also be utilized in developing the material properties of microfibrillated celluloses, e.g in textile innovations… read the entire news item (from Science Daily)
Featured new scientific review on biotechnology:
Discovery pipelines for marine resources: an ocean of opportunity for biotechnology? Marine microbial diversity offers enormous potential for discovery of compounds of crucial importance in healthcare, food security and bioindustry. However, access to it has been hampered by the difficulty of accessing and growing the organisms for study. The discovery and exploitation of marine bioproducts for research and commercial development requires state-of-the-art technologies and innovative approaches. Technologies and approaches are advancing rapidly and keeping pace is expensive and time consuming. There is a pressing need for clear guidance that will allow researchers to operate in a way that enables the optimal return on their efforts whilst being fully compliant with the current regulatory framework. One major initiative launched to achieve this, has been the advent of European Research Infrastructures. Research Infrastructures (RI) and associated centres of excellence currently build harmonized multidisciplinary workflows that support academic and private sector users. The European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) has brought together six such RIs in a European project to promote the blue bio-economy. The overarching objective is to develop coherent chains of high-quality services for access to biological, analytical and data resources providing improvements in the throughput and efficiency of workflows for discovery of novel marine products. In order to test the efficiency of this prototype pipeline for discovery, 248 rarely-grown organisms were isolated and analysed, some extracts demonstrated interesting biochemical properties and are currently undergoing further analysis. EMBRIC has established an overarching and operational structure to facilitate the integration of the multidisciplinary value chains of services to access such resources whilst enabling critical mass to focus on problem resolution…read the entire scientific review (from World J Microbiol Biotechnol.)
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Background knowledge on biotechnology:
9.4 Genome Alterations and New Products of Biotechnology: We don’t need to look far to find practical applications for the new biotechnologies or to find new opportunities for breakthroughs in basic research. Herein lie both the promise and the challenge of genomics. As our knowledge of the genome increases, we will improve our understanding of every aspect of biological function. We will enhance our capacity to engineer organisms and produce new pharmaceutical agents and, as a consequence, will improve human nutrition and health. This promise can be realized only if practical safeguards are in place to ensure responsible application of these techniques…read more (from Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry, 4th Edition)
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