Apr 5, 2015

DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle

Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits. The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is ...

Apr 1, 2015

Tear-free onions let chefs keep stiff upper lip

The sobbing of a chef as he chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable. Scientists say they disabled the production of a powerful substance an onion ...

Mar 2, 2015

Cyfuse said to raise ¥1.4 billion for human tissue printing

Cyfuse Biomedical K.K., the Japanese developer of a 3-D printer that produces human tissue, has raised ¥1.4 billion ($11.8 million) from investors including robotic-limb maker Cyberdyne Inc., people familiar with the matter said. Cyfuse agreed to sell a stake to 12 domestic investors including ...

Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

Feb 25, 2015

Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

European surgeons and engineers have devised a mind-controlled bionic hand that restores function almost as well as a flesh-and-blood transplant but without the risk of rejection, a research paper said Wednesday. The three Austrian beneficiaries of the unprecedented technique had been in car and ...

Map of 'epigenome,' a second genetic code, unveiled

Feb 19, 2015

Map of 'epigenome,' a second genetic code, unveiled

Scientists for the first time have mapped out the molecular switches that can turn genes on or off in the DNA in more than 100 types of human cells, an accomplishment that reveals the complexity of genetic information and the challenges of interpreting it. ...

Feb 19, 2015

'Nanodrones' tested to clear arteries

Tiny nanoparticles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knockout punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by U.S. scientists on Wednesday. So far the anti-cholesterol treatment has been tried only in lab mice, while the nanoparticles ...

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Feb 18, 2015

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth are tougher. Spider silk is hailed for its strength and structure, but researchers in Britain have discovered that limpets — snaillike sea creatures with conical shells ...

Feb 15, 2015

Apples modified to resist browning get U.S. approval

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they are bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses. Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny ...