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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.

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...

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...

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...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - Rewriting DNA Synthesis

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Emily Leproust
Traditional methods of DNA synthesis are slow and costly, and hinder the design-build-test cycle for creating optimal gene sequences and protein variants. This article presents a novel approach that will allow researchers to explore synthetic biology’s full potential.

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...

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...

Re-engineering Mosquitos to Fight Disease

January 16, 2013
Every year, there are over 50 million cases of dengue fever carried by mosquitos. Find out how one biotech company is seeking a solution to control the world's mosquito population...

Nanoparticle versus Cancer

February 22, 2011
Whenever cancer is discussed, a familiar phrase is often heard: the earlier it's caught, the better the chances of survival. Early detection is the next best thing to avoiding...

Bio-Energy Boom Creating ChE Jobs in New Mexico

January 30, 2012
Located in the heart of the revitalized oil-rich Permian Basin , just five miles from west Texas, dusty and dry Hobbs, New Mexico, has always been considered the "Oil Capitol of...

This Year’s Bailey Award Winner Announced!

August 1, 2012
Congratulations to Eleftherios Terry Papoutaskis for being the recipient of this year’s James E. Bailey Award. Read more about his work and upcoming lecture at the Annual Meeting.

Celebrating The Science and Art of Beer

June 10, 2013
To craft the astounding variety of modern beers, today's chemical engineers integrate the age-old and practical with science and whole-system thinking.

Robots Help Assemble Anti-Microbial Compounds

June 3, 2015
Just last week we wrote about antibiotic resistance and new rapid testing , and this week comes more promising news about the development of new antimicrobial compounds. A story...

November 2010 CEP Preview

November 13, 2010
Stem cells are poised to transform medical treatments for a host of diseases and malignant conditions. Translating stem cell research into clinical therapies, disease models, and...

Cellular-Based Systems for Producing Alcohol

March 16, 2012
The current method for producing alcohol biofuels, in particular butanol, is through metabolic cellular processes. Clostridia species are used to produce butanol, but they are not...

Metabolic Engineering X

December 16, 2013
The Metabolic Engineering Conference is a leading conference for sharing the state-of-the-art developments and achievements made in the field of metabolic engineering over the...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - SBE Update: The Expanding Synthetic Biology Toolbox

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Darlene Schuster
Synthetic biology is growing in both interest and impact. This developing field combines techniques from such disciplines as genetic engineering, molecular engineering, systems biology, and computer engineering. The scientists and engineers who work in this field design and construct novel biological entities (e.g., proteins, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, etc.) and redesign existing biological systems.

John Kanzius Water Fuel Cell – What Happened?

June 30, 2010
John Kanzius was an inventor researching a treatment for cancer, his own cancer. Before his death of pneumonia in February of 2009, he made a discovery related to saltwater and...

Meet Your Microbes

July 24, 2012
Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes -- both the pathogens that make us sick and the "good" microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED...

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

The SBE Web-Lab Initiative

October 25, 2010
Imagine the traditional laboratory setting in an undergraduate engineering class. Now imagine the ability to remotely operate and manipulate lab equipment housed miles away in a...

Breakthrough in Organic Fuel-Cell Catalysts

October 9, 2012
One of the current problems with fuel cells is the catalyst that helps convert sources of stored energy such as hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy. Currently made of...

Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor [On Location]

November 11, 2013
A new approach to address the problems of the large land area required for cultivation, culture contamination and the difficult and costly dewatering of the harvested cells in...

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