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Programming synthetic molecules to turn genes on

Researchers have developed a synthetic molecular code that mimics a key gene activation process. This could one day lead to therapies that turn on specific genes to treat disease.

Growing flexible diamonds

The strongest natural material on Earth is not as brittle as long thought. New ultrafine needles can stretch and bend.

A scientist's best friend

Nemo's complete genome sequenced

Researchers pieced together 98% of the orange clownfish genome using SMRT sequencing. Only one other fish has a more complete sequence. 

Finding 939 million nucleotides

Mobile test for lead contamination

The portable microfluidic chip can determine if water is toxic in under 10 minutes and sends the results to a smartphone.  

No lab required

Can DNA control molecular robots?

WATCH: Check out the world's smallest 'swarm robots' in this short video produced by Hokkaido Univeristy and Asia Research News.

Scientists getting social

In this month's column, we offer tips on how to make the most of social media for your professional life. 


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