All posts by Celestina Chin

New DNA-Linked Superlattices of Nanoparticles Assembly Strategy Using Directional Binding

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory constructed well-defined 3D superlattices of spheres and blocks using polyhedral nanoblocks of either cubes or octahedrons via shape-induced directional binding facilitated by pairing of complementary strands of DNA. This new strategy opens possibilities towards designing 3D nanostructured materials from functional nanocomponents. Bonding directionality is […]

GeniPhys Commercializes Self-Assembling Collagen for Research and Medical Applications

Research team from Purdue University-based startup GeniPhys led by Associate Professor Sherry Harbin is commercializing their collagen polymers known as Collymers that exhibit uncommon self-assembly properties not seen in conventional collagen. These collagens work in a similar way as those in the body’s tissues – they polymerize to form fibrils. As such, they can be […]

Sharklet Micropattern: The New Antimicrobial Technology

Sharklet, the first antimicrobial technology based solely on micropattern, is developed by Sharklet Technologies, Inc. and is one of the countless innovations in the field of biomimicry. Founder Dr. Anthony Brennan was inspired by the ability of sharks’ skin to repel fouling organisms while on his search for a solution to reduce the use of […]

Mobile App and Biosensing Platform for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Harvard researcher Hadi Shafiee and his team from Florida Atlantic University and Stanford University have developed a new biosensing platform by integrating cellulose paper and flexible polyester films with various sensing modalities using antibodies and peptides. Such biosensing platform can be applied in point-of-care diagnostics, and the team has proved selective and accurate detection of […]

TIME’s 5 Most Influential Women Scientists You Should Know

The contribution of women to the progress of science and medicine is gaining recognition since the past few decades and their achievements cannot be disregarded. This year’s TIME 100 has named these five as the most influential women scientists in the fields of infectious diseases, medicine and genetics. Dr. Joanne Liu She assumed the role […]

Building Custom Genes with SGI-DNA’s BioXp 3200 System

Researchers will have first-hand experience with the new BioXp 3200 System following the launch of its Early Access Program by SGI-DNA Inc. With a capacity of 32 genes of 400 bp to 1.8kb, the BioXp 3200 System is a hands-free personal bench top workstation that delivers high quality synthetic DNA fragments. This system utilizes the […]

New Technique to Identify DNA Mutations

Scientists at the A*STAR’s Genome of Institute of Singapore (GIS) led by Dr. Shyam Prabhakar have developed a new genetic analysis technique to identify disease-causing DNA mutations. This technique, known as the Genotype-independent Signal Correlation and Imbalance (G-SCI), detects genetic mutations associated with specific chemical changes that cause disease. G-SCI uses a combination of chemical […]