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Society for Biological Engineering (SBE)

SBE is a global technological community that promotes the integration of engineering with biology and realize its benefits through bioprocessing, biomedical, and biomolecular applications. SBE provides opportunities for interaction of engineers and scientists, develops products and services bring value to the broad biological engineering community, and infuses awareness of biological engineering among all functions and activities of AIChE.

Forest Bioproducts Division (FBP)

The Forest Bioproducts Division promotes knowledge sharing and networking on topics dealing with products obtained from forest resources and other lignocellulosic materials.

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

May 8, 2014
Purdue's Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants' ability to purify air.

First-Ever DNA Sequencing Reference Tool Released

May 26, 2015
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has release the world’s first “yardstick” to help ensure the accuracy of human DNA sequencing. The new tool, known as...

Electric Fields Interrupt Cancer Cell Division

March 8, 2012
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the best known methods for treating cancer, but in this TEDTalk (see video at right), Bill Doyle discusses a new methodology: tumor...

Best Innovations of 2010

January 6, 2011
Towards the end of the year, I typically read quite a few top 10, 20, or 50 lists of music, books, or movies. One list that I read, however, was more unique – Time Magazine’s “50...

World's Lightest Material Unveiled

July 18, 2012
German researchers unveiled to the public the world's lightest material, which they call Aerographite. The material weights just 0.2 mg per cubic centimeter, making it 75 times...

DNA Goes Digital

February 19, 2013
If our next leap in data storage is to a DNA-based system, chemical engineers and bioengineers will find themselves at the heart of computer science and tasked with preserving the...

September 2016 CEP Preview

September 14, 2016
This month, CEP features a Society of Biological Engineering supplement that delves into synthetic biology. The issue also takes a close look at drug-delivery nanoparticles, among...

LEGOs + DNA = FUN TIMES

October 6, 2010
Having just read an article in the New York Times on Dr. J. Craig Venter, I can’t stop thinking how cool synthetic biology is. Whether you are an engineer or a scientist, these...

New Device Harvests Movement to Generate Energy

September 4, 2014
A new small device that relies on nanotechnology successfully generates electric current from simple vibrations. Its creators look to relieve the load on batteries or eliminate...

New Sensor Banishes Bad Beer

May 27, 2016
Researchers in Madrid have developed a polymer sensor that aims to spare drinkers from the taste of stale beer.

Designing Drug-Delivery Nanoparticles

September
2016
On The Horizon
Aaron Anselmo, Samir Mitragotri
Nanoparticles for drug delivery can be better designed by modeling the body as unit processes connected by the vascular system. Each organ and organ function can be represented as a unit process on organ-on-a-chip devices.

New Nanotechnology Helps Heal Heart Tissue

May 24, 2011
Researchers at Brown University have used carbon nanotubes to create a patch that can regenerate heart tissue in the lab, according to a report in Technology Review. The patch is...

Creating an Internet for Genomic Information

December 24, 2014
A group called the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (known as the Global Alliance ) wants to maximize the use of genetic data by creating a responsible way to share it with...

Engineers Develop Tattoo to Monitor Blood Alcohol

August 4, 2016
Not sure if you’ve had one too many? Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a small, flexible sensor that can answer that question. The sensor measures...

Replacing Body Parts—NOVA Science Now

February 16, 2011
In this fantastic piece entitled Replacing Body Parts on PBS’s NOVA series, Neil deGrasse Tyson explores new research in the field of human organ transplantation. He notes that a...

Tattoos as Diagnostic Devices

August 15, 2011
There's not much sexy—let alone unobtrusive—about many of today's medical monitoring devices, given the many wires and electrodes that are often needed to collect data from a...

Stem-Cell Therapy Eye Treatment Proves Safe

January 26, 2012
Good news for stem-cell therapy: a paper reports that two subjects in a clinical trial have each safely received injections of embryonic stem cells into an eye.

New Kidney Transplant Method Uses Stem Cells

March 13, 2012
Applications for stem cells seem endless. These versatile cells can be used to study development and disease, and they also have the ability to replace damaged cells and treat...

Polymer Nanotubes that Resemble Nerve Structures

August 26, 2015
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have created linkages of polymer nanotubes that resemble the structure of a nerve and are capable of transmitting electrical impulses...

Termites: Homeowner Scourge or Biofuel Savior?

July 18, 2011
An unwanted house pest and suburban scourge, suddenly the termite has been accidentally and disasterously rehabilitated by science. Hyperbole? Termite control professionals don't...

Printing A Human Kidney

December 27, 2011
Atala, whose team developed the first lab-grown organ, explains how his lab's 3-D printing technology is used to create human organs. In addition to the bladder that was...

How Viruses Hijack RNA to Hide in the Body

February 12, 2015
Ever wonder how some viruses, such as the common herpes virus, manage to hide in the body for years at a time, often going undetected? Viruses can lurk deep inside cells for years...

New Bandage Glows in Presence of Infection

December 22, 2015
British researchers have created a bandage that warns of common infections by turning a fluorescent green within four hours of pathogen detection. While a bandage often helps to...

More ChE Manufacturing: Rebuilding the Body

October 3, 2012
Tissue engineering is potentially a new area of custom ChE-style manufacturing, illustrating how our approaches to manufacturing go beyond the popular view that manufacturing is...

July 2015 CEP Preview

July 6, 2015
In this issue, get tips for selecting sensors for your plant's safety instrumented system (SIS), a guide to mixing, some of the latest development in biological engineering, and...
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