Biotechnology: bridging the gap between science and entrepreneurship

Biotechnology is at the forefront of the twenty-first century’s biological revolution, developing novel therapies grounded in the mechanisms already exploited by biology. Biotech companies themselves are the minnows  of the pharmaceutical world, streamlined for the sole purpose of developing these treatments—no marketing costs, just pure research and development —and aiming for the ultimate prize of […]

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Biotechnology: bridging the gap between science and entrepreneurship

Biotechnology is at the forefront of the twenty-first century’s biological revolution, developing novel therapies grounded in the mechanisms already exploited by biology. Biotech companies themselves are the minnows  of the pharmaceutical world, streamlined for the sole purpose of developing these treatments—no marketing costs, just pure research and development —and aiming for the ultimate prize of […]

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The living dead

This might disappoint a few but this is not an article about how Andrew Lincoln tackles to save our human species from a zombie invasion. In biology, the living dead is a concept referring to species whose only chance of survival is through rapid human intervention. These species cannot recover if habitat loss alone is stopped. Also referred […]

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Mystery of spiders’ webs unravelled

With a beautiful structure, elegantly constructed from silk stronger than steel, spiders’ webs have long been one of nature’s marvels. But now scientists have discovered yet another remarkable property. According to researchers at Oxford University, Spiders’ webs electrostatically reach out and ‘grab’ airborne particles, droplets and even insects. Electrically conductive glue spread over the threads […]

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Are mitochondria killing males?

If you were paying attention in your Biology lessons at school, you will know that mitochondria are the ‘powerhouse’ of the cell, meeting the cell’s energy needs through respiration. If you were really paying attention, you may also remember that when fertilisation occurs, all the mitochondria come from the mother’s egg and none from the […]

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