Science News Tidbits: Biology

Nanotube-producing bacteria show manufacturing promise from PhysOrg.com
Two engineers at the University of California, Riverside are part of a binational team that has found semiconducting nanotubes produced by living bacteria – a discovery that could help in the creation of a new generation of nanoelectronic devices.

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New method exploits ancient mechanism to switch genes on and off at will from PhysOrg.com
Since our ancestors first harnessed fire, we’ve used heat to cook burgers, forge steel and power rockets. Now, Rockefeller University researchers are using heat for another purpose: turning genes on and off at will.

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