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Are firefighters at risk of increased exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in their protective clothing? Last year, a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) showed that the textiles used in protective clothing worn by firefighters often contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, a class of chemicals […]
January 17, 2024

Study on Extremely Preterm Infants Provides Important Healthcare Knowledge

Infants born extremely prematurely need to get enrichment as an addition to breast milk. But does it make any difference whether the enrichment is made from breast milk or cow’s milk when it comes to the risk of severe complications in children? This has been investigated by a large clinical […]
December 27, 2023

Could the ‘central dogma’ of biology be misleading bioengineers?

Today, medicines based on antibodies — proteins that fight infection and disease — are prescribed for everything from cancer to COVID-19 to high cholesterol. The antibody drugs are supplied by genetically engineered cells that function as tiny protein-producing factories in the laboratory. Meanwhile, researchers have been targeting cancer, injuries to […]
December 24, 2023

How Researchers Are “CReATiNG” Synthetic Chromosomes Faster And Cheaper

A groundbreaking new technique invented by researchers at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science may revolutionize the field of synthetic biology. Known as CReATiNG (Cloning Reprogramming and Assembling Tiled Natural Genomic DNA), the method offers a simpler and more cost-effective approach to constructing synthetic chromosomes. It could […]