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A pair of studies that investigated the effect of CRISPR-Cas 9 on a key protein that regulates cell growth and protects against cancer has sent shockwaves through the growing corner of the biotech sector that draws on this technology and has caused investors to reassess the safety of the method.

Moisture is the enemy of synthetic adhesives, often causing paint to peel and bandages to loosen. This is not the case, however, for many biological adhesives found in nature.

In a groundbreaking study, a team of scientists from the City Univ. of Hong Kong has designed and fabricated microrobots capable of delivering cells to targeted sites in live animals.

A team led by Edward Marcotte and Eric Anslyn from the Univ. of Texas at Austin has invented a new method of detecting nerve agents with a simple device that can be constructed of Lego building blocks and a smartphone.

A new cholera vaccine begins protecting rabbits from the fatal disease within 24 hr of injection. With only one U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved vaccine in circulation and an estimated 2.9 million cases of cholera each year, this quick-acting treatment has the potential to save thousands of lives.

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