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Bacteria can take out our industrial trash

We may not notice it in our everyday lives, but bacteria and other microorganisms are responsible for recycling a lot of our trash. They turn our organic waste into compost, take part in the decomposition of dead plants in the forest, and some of them can even help us with nuclear waste! This is possible [...]

By | 2018-04-13T09:48:43+00:00 April 13th, 2018|R4B Stories|0 Comments

March Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

To make the way back to work easier after the Easter break here you have our monthly selection of BactToTheFuture Synbio stories. Enjoy! 1 #Biorefineries, the way towards a greener future! #SynBio Self-replicating, waste-recycling and pollution-reducing! These are some of the fascinating features of biological refineries that will make a sustainable future possible. synbio expands [...]

By | 2018-04-02T14:52:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

New hazards require innovative solutions: preparing the next generation of antibiotics

Gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, salmonellosis… Not so long ago, illnesses like these were fatal. Antibiotics allowed us to treat them, but the overuse we have been doing of these drugs has a downside: bacteria have become so used to the antibiotics that they have developed defence mechanisms against them. As a result, some of these diseases have [...]

By | 2018-03-14T13:35:15+00:00 March 14th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

February Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

Despite of being the shortest month of the year, february left us some memorable #Synbio stories! Here is our top 10 selection! 1 Mushrooms join the #SynBio world and produce new antibiotics to fight resistant #microbes! #AntibioticResistance Resistance to antibiotics poses a major threat to public health, and thus scientists worldwide work to speed up [...]

By | 2018-03-06T10:45:03+00:00 March 6th, 2018|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

Academia vs Industry: when a good idea isn’t enough

The path from academia to industry is riddled with obstacles: business plans, funding schemes, market studies... Spin-off companies tread this trail, and hopefully develop a commercial product that exploits the discoveries made by academics. But good science does not necessarily mean fruitful business. And to illustrate this transition we talked with Dr. Veronika Stepankova, CEO [...]

By | 2018-02-15T10:49:08+00:00 February 14th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

January Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

2018 is starting off strong! Great news for Synbio start ups, new biotech application and lots of Synbio events coming up! Check out our Top10 of BactToTheFuture stories! Hacking microbes: the business of the future is here to stay The company Ginkgo bioworks has been all over the news in the last months. This biotech [...]

By | 2018-02-01T13:54:47+00:00 February 1st, 2018|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

One year of joined efforts in science and industry

A year has passed since our project Rafts4Biotech officially started last January and coinciding with our first anniversary all the partners have met in Brussels for our third General Assembly. It has been a year full of scientific progress, successful discussion and knowledge exchange that has served to set up the basis of the project [...]

By | 2018-02-01T13:25:47+00:00 January 25th, 2018|R4B news|0 Comments

E. coli: A missunderstood bacterium with an incredible potential

When hearing the name E. coli most people get scared, as food poisoning, stomach pain or even death are some of the things that come to their mind. What many don’t’ know is that E. coli does not only refer to the famous pathogen but to many other strains of the same species that are [...]

By | 2018-02-01T13:22:31+00:00 January 17th, 2018|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments

December Top10 BactToTheFuture stories

January, a month for reflection and decision making. Time to evaluate last year’s achievements and to set new goals for this new one! 2017 was for sure a year full of successful Synbio moments, and while we wait for 2018 to bring us more here you have our closing selection of the year with December’s [...]

By | 2018-02-01T13:22:56+00:00 January 12th, 2018|BactToTheFuture|0 Comments

Keep calm and express your proteins

If you have ever worked with proteins you know the struggle. You identify your gene of interest, design the perfect construct, send it out to be synthesized and wait for it to be delivered to you. After some weeks you receive it, insert it into your host cell and ta-dah! Your protein is not expressed [...]

By | 2018-01-11T17:05:36+00:00 December 18th, 2017|R4B Biotechnology, R4B Stories|0 Comments


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