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It’s becoming possible to know our own cells in astonishing, unparalleled detail

It’s becoming possible to know our own cells in astonishing, unparalleled detail | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The objective is to construct the first comprehensive “cell atlas,” or map of human cells, a technological marvel that should comprehensively reveal, for the first time, what human bodies are actually made of and provide scientists a sophisticated new model of biology that could speed the search for drugs.

To perform the task of cataloguing the 37.2 trillion cells of the human body, an international consortium of scientists from the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Israel, the Netherlands, and Japan is being assembled to assign each a molecular signature and also give each type a zip code in the three-dimensional space of our bodies.
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Turning bacteria into chemical factories - MIT News Office

Turning bacteria into chemical factories - MIT News Office | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Kristala Jones Prather engineers cells to produce useful compounds such as drugs and biofuels.
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excerpt: "“The concept that I was working on was quite simple: Can we take the idea of biocatalysis, of looking at these enzymes and focusing on their chemistry, and combine that with metabolic engineering? Now we are thinking about multistep pathways where we have enzymes working on substrates that they may or may not have seen in nature, and we’re combining them together in a different way so they’re all in one cell,” Prather says."

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Biohackers Create a DIY Bioprinter | MIT Technology Review

Biohackers Create a DIY Bioprinter | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Members of the biohacker movement have created an inexpensive device to print cells. Will they print a leaf next?

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Hair Regrowth Discovery Suggests Skin Cells Communicate Like Bacteria

Hair Regrowth Discovery Suggests Skin Cells Communicate Like Bacteria | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A chemical signaling system called quorum sensing allows those single-celled bugs to detect when their numbers have multiplied enough to mount an effective attack or emit glowing light. Yet decades after scientists learned about this brainless bacterial coordination a research team has uncovered new evidence suggesting animal cells may speak the same lingo.
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Brain Cells Can Outlive the Body

Brain Cells Can Outlive the Body | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Mouse brain cells transplanted into rats can survive at least twice as long as the mice from which they are taken

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