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Day 1: Bioengineering - Changing Our Biology
Celebrating Biology Week 2016
From the molecular to the mechanical, recent advances in biological understanding and technology have enabled us to biologically engineer organisms – including ourselves – to a greater extent now than ever before.
On the molecular level, the development of CRISPR technology, better protein design technology and understanding of the influence of the microbiome have facilitated the bioengineering of genes, proteins and the microbiome around us. At the same time, at the mechanical level, advances in brain-machine interface technology, has given us the ability to enter virtual realms, control operations in extreme conditions and improve the quality of life for people with limited physical capability.
Today, we present our top research on how bioengineering is changing our biology and invite you to test your bioengineering knowledge with our online quiz.
Can the trees adapt as quickly as the environment is changing? Or is there an alternative that might be able to help…find out in this guest blog by Armand Séguin.
Read our Top Bioengineering Articles
Featured Articles from BioMed Central Journals
From Genome Biology
- Induction of targeted, heritable mutations in barley and Brassica oleracea using RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease
From Clinical Epigenetics
- Strategies for precision modulation of gene expression by epigenome editing: an overview
- Making sense of GWAS: using epigenomics and genome engineering to understand the functional relevance of SNPs in non-coding regions of the human genome
From Fungal Biology and Biotechnology
From Genetics Selection Evolution
- Synergies between assisted reproduction technologies and functional genomics
- Resistance of livestock to viruses: mechanisms and strategies for genetic engineering
From Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
- Motor priming in virtual reality can augment motor-imagery training efficacy in restorative brain-computer interaction: a within-subject analysis
- Detecting intention to walk in stroke patients from pre-movement EEG correlates
- Using a brain-machine interface to control a hybrid upper limb exoskeleton during rehabilitation of patients with neurological conditions
- The feasibility of a brain-computer interface functional electrical stimulation system for the restoration of overground walking after paraplegia
From Mobile DNA
- CRISPR-Cas immunity and mobile DNA: a new superfamily of DNA transposons encoding a Cas1 endonuclease
- Mechanism of spacer integration links the CRISPR/Cas system to transposition as a form of mobile DNA
From Molecular Neurodegeneration
- CRISPR/Cas9: a powerful genetic engineering tool for establishing large animal models of neurodegenerative diseases
From Plant Methods
- Thematic Series: Plant Genome Editing
- Revolutionizing plant biology: multiple ways of genome engineering by CRISPR/Cas
- Plant genome editing made easy: targeted mutagenesis in model and crop plants using the CRISPR/Cas system
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Biology Week 2016 Bioengineering - Changing Our Biology has been curated by Sarah Dowie, Thomas Appleyard and Srimathy Sriskantharajah.
Featured Articles from BMC Series Journals
From BMC Bioinformatics
From BMC Biotechnology
- Towards next generation maggot debridement therapy: transgenic Lucilia sericata larvae that produce and secrete a human growth factor
- Design, purification and assessment of GRP78 binding peptide-linked Subunit A of Subtilase cytotoxic for targeting cancer cells
From BMC Genomics
- Identification of oncogenic driver mutations by genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 dropout screening
- A simplified method for identifying early CRISPR-induced indels in zebrafish embryos using High Resolution Melting analysis
- Efficient identification of CRISPR/Cas9-induced insertions/deletions by direct germline screening in zebrafish
From BMC Plant Biology