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September 25, 2012
Using an innocuous bacterial virus, bioengineers have created a biological mechanism to send genetic messages from cell to cell. The system greatly increases the complexity and amount of data that can be communicated between cells and could lead to greater control of biological functions within cell communities.
September 13, 2012
The award includes a five-year, $2.5 million grant for highly innovative approaches with the potential to affect biomedical or behavioral research. Smolke studies the use of microbes to produce complex chemicals to advance natural-product drugs.
September 13, 2012
The Transformative Research Award supports exceptionally innovative or unconventional research projects with the potential to change fundamental paradigms.
August 8, 2012
Bioengineer Kwabena Boahen is working on a new type of computer chip that works more like the human brain. These chips would be ultra-low powered and run cool enough to be implanted in the brain to help amputees control prosthetic limbs with their thoughts.