Archive: 2012 February

Solving a monkey puzzle

In a study published recently in the journal Cell, scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in the USA announced that they have created the first chimeric primates. Comprising cells from multiple genetically distinct individuals, chimeras occur only rarely in nature but are important tools for studying embryonic development. Chimeric mice are frequently generated... Read More »

February 6, 2012

Energising Cambridge

A new student campaign, Energise Cambridge (, has been launched to try and persuade the University of Cambridge to buy a larger proportion of its energy from renewable suppliers. The University is currently the fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide of all UK higher education institutions. On 31st January, representatives from Energise Cambridge submitted a... Read More »

February 3, 2012

Bacterial bio-pixels could detect poisons

Researchers led by Prof. Jeff Hasty at the University of California have created “bacterial bio-pixels” by combining two methods used by Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to communicate with each other. The bio-pixels can then be assembled into circuits that could ultimately be used to detect poisons such as arsenic. The two methods of bacterial communication exploited by... Read More »

February 1, 2012