Category Archives: biotechnology

Define Endemism Please!

cubaEndemisim – click on the word to read more and see this video!

Hint Cuba is a prime example.

Because they are  isolated, islands make for natural experiments in evolution, with many islands hosting species that found nowhere else. This phenomenon is called endemism.

Stomach ache? Try an origami robot!

85“In this July 13, 2016 photo, a tiny “origami robot” floats, at right, towards a “wound” in a stomach model at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Steven Guitron, a mechanical engineering masters student, and others at MIT have developed these tiny ingestible robots which are “folded up” – hence the name – and swallowed in order to complete certain tasks within the body. So far they can be used to patch wounds, remove foreign objects, and even deliver medicine within the body. The robots unfold when ingested, and can be controlled by magnet forces outside of the body. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)


What uses can you think of for this??

The Most Basic Genome for Life


Image: Giphy

Researchers developing the MOST basic genome life requires!

Did you think it was already possible to do this?

New Colors for limes?

860-header-limesColored limes

…redder flesh could actually be healthier.

The limes’ new healthier color is from anthocyanins (AN-thoh-CY-uh-nins). These are natural red and violet plant pigments.

What do you think?



spermbotsA new very viable solution to infertility! Spermbots

How cool is that?


This cutting edge robotic surgery starts in Pittsburgh!

robotsurgeryThis Cutting edge robotic surgery has started first here in Pittsburgh. It’s a flexible robot and specializes in throat and neck surgeries!

What do you think robots can help us do next?

Google Glass, Tricorders and more for your health!



Check what is now and soon to be in your healthcare!

What is most amazing to you?

…most useful??

CMU inventions among Popular Science’s Best of What’s New!


Four inventions that trace their roots back to Carnegie Mellon University are among Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” for 2014. Check it out!
What is your favorite?

Gene Therapy Creates A Biological Pacemaker—No Wires Required

heart-feature-757x467Scientists are working using pigs on gene therapy – to change a small area of heart muscle into a specialized group of cells that can then start a heartbeat. Really this will be  a biological pacemaker.

Does this seem real to you?

What could you envision being created next?

Mapping the brain – Fish First!

fishmoveDid you know fish have many of the same basic brain areas that humans do? We can learn more about depression, Parkinson’s Disease and more!

What surprises you most?