DailyDirt: Biotech On Bugs
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Bio-engineering is making some serious progress. It seems like the more we learn about biology, the more we can use biology to help solve all kinds of problems that you wouldn’t necessarily think would be related to biology. Here are just a few cool examples of biology research that sound like they could serve mankind (and hopefully not in the “cookbook” sense).
- Engineered algae could help clean up radioactive waste. These little organisms might significantly reduce the amount of nuclear waste just by separating lots of harmless calcium from radioactive strontium. [url]
- One small step for man, one giant leap for yeast: multicellularity! Countdown until somebody tries to breed monkeys in a centrifuge… [url]
- Entomologists are looking at insect genes to try to find potential pesticides that bugs are genetically susceptible to. This doesn’t sound like the beginning of a scary bio-virus horror flick at all. [url]
- To discover more biotech stuff, check out what’s roaming around in the StumbleUpon jungle. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.