German museum grows, displays 'living' van Gogh ear

Jun 6, 2014

German museum grows, displays 'living' van Gogh ear

An artist has created a partly living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s famously severed ear, a German museum said. Diemut Strebe, who is known for working with biological material, collaborated with scientists to reconstruct the painter’s ear using 3-D printers and authentic living material ...

May 11, 2014

Biologists invent new DNA letters for life's alphabet

Scientists have taken the first steps toward writing the blueprint of life in an alphabet unknown to nature, they have reported in the journal Nature. Until now, biologists who synthesize DNA in the lab have used the same molecules — called bases — that ...

Young blood rejuvenates old mice

May 5, 2014

Young blood rejuvenates old mice

Older mice got stronger, exercised longer and performed better mentally after they were injected with blood from young mice, or even just with a substance that is more abundant in younger blood, U.S. researchers have found. Someday, this may lead to a way to ...

U.K. scientists hope for graphene revolution

| May 1, 2014

U.K. scientists hope for graphene revolution

It is mega-strong, ultralight and superstretchy, and if things work out, the wonder material could change many aspects of human existence — starting with people’s sex lives. Safer and sensually superior condoms may not have been the first thing on the minds of the ...

DNA traced in fight for food safety

Apr 7, 2014

DNA traced in fight for food safety

U.S. disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks of food poisoning by decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and a type of bacteria that ...

First GM fish tough sell for FDA approval

| Apr 4, 2014

First GM fish tough sell for FDA approval

The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on approving what would be the first genetically modified animal sold for human consumption: a fast-growing salmon. During that time, opponents of the technology have taken advantage of increasing consumer concern about genetically modified ...

Mar 30, 2014

'Designer chromosome' created

Scientists have built the first synthetic chromosome for a complex-celled organism after a seven-year effort, a step toward man-made genomes that some hailed on Friday but others viewed warily. The artificial chromosome was inserted into a brewer’s yeast cell, which continued to function as ...