All Articles by Alexander Bates:
ALEXANDER BATES discusses the scientific books shortlisted for the Winton Prize
ALEXANDER BATES reports on a synthetic biology competition that could be a great start to your research career.
ALEXANDER BATES examines the factors that shaped the evolution of the human hand
Animal-sourced insulin was once the only available source of medication for diabetics. Then genetic breakthroughs and synthetic biology gave rise to the wholesale production of insulin. A revolution of similar ilk may be just around the corner. A research team from the University of Manchester has created a machine capable of synthesising short segments of protein.
This machine mimics the protein workhouses already present in living organisms, called ribosomes. These are the molecules that read our genetic information, and generate the proteins which make up everything in our bodies from building blocks, called amino …
Hello! No – sit down! Good. Lie down! Good…. Such are the daily commands Koshik the Asian Elephant receives at his home in Evergreen Zoo, South Korea. What makes Koshik so special is that he has demonstrated an ability to mimic these words and so perhaps has given elephants a place amongst species such as parrots and sea lions, which can create sounds clearly meant to copy human language.
Dr Angela Stoeger, of the University of Vienna, told the BBC: “If you consider the huge size of the elephant and the …