Algal-based anesthetic partnership at Boston Children’s Hospital

Algal-based anesthetic partnership at Boston Children’s Hospital

Grünenthal Group, an international, family-owned pharmaceutical company, Proteus S.A. and Boston Children’s Hospital have announced a collaboration around developing neosaxitoxin, a novel anesthetic for local anesthesia and post-operative pain management. The deal includes up to $85…

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

Scientists at Newcastle University and the Scottish Association for Marine Science have developed a new identification tool for algae, which could have a major impact on how algae are categorized in the future. In the same way that people can be recognized by their fingerprints, the algae’s proteome is now being used as…

New methods for genetically engineering diatoms

New methods for genetically engineering diatoms

Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization in La Jolla, California, have published a paper outlining new synthetic biology methods to manipulate diatoms. The paper titled, “Designer diatom episomes delivered by conjugation,” was published April 21st in Nature Communications…

Using algae to make bio-asphalt for roads

Using algae to make bio-asphalt for roads

A consortium of French researchers has recently proved the viability of bio-asphalt, demonstrating its close similarity to the “real” asphalt used to pave roads. The findings are published in the April issue of the ACS Journal for Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. The project, funded by the Region Pays de la Loire…

The algae-based sustainable surfboard

The algae-based sustainable surfboard

UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems have resulted in a partnership with the region’s surfing industry to create the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard. The surfboard was publicly unveiled and presented to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer…

New Mexico 17-year-old making algae biofuels more efficient

New Mexico 17-year-old making algae biofuels more efficient

Damien Willis writes in the Las Cruces Sun-News about New Mexico high school senior Sophia Sánchez-Maes, who has already racked up more than 90 credit hours at New Mexico State University, discussed her research on the future of algae as a biofuel with President Obama, and won countless prestigious awards…

Using algae and bacteria for wastewater treatment

Using algae and bacteria for wastewater treatment

The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) recently awarded Assistant Professor Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst $500,000. The prize was given to pursue…

Bioprinting algae in 3D

Bioprinting algae in 3D

Brian Krassenstein, writing in 3Dprint.com, goes deeper into the recent paper in Engineering in Life Sciences journal discussing the impact 3D bioprinting will have in the field of medicine. As several companies are already printing living human tissue, it’s only a matter of time before many ailments can be halted via…

Solarvest to produce therapeutic proteins

Solarvest to produce therapeutic proteins

Montague, Prince Edward Island-based Solarvest has announced that it has used its algal-based production platform to express bioactive therapeutic proteins. The proof of concept study required Solarvest’s Algal Platform to produce Bone Morphogenetic Protein(s) (BMP) and was completed using experts…

Algae expertise aids Trump golf course

Algae expertise aids Trump golf course

James Goodman writes in the democratandchronicle.com about Jeffrey Lodge, an associate professor of biological sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, who knows what it takes to break down a wide range of wastes and how to maximize their reuse. His work using algae to clean wastewater has attracted…

Matrix accelerates spirulina pigments and proteins

Matrix accelerates spirulina pigments and proteins

Seattle, WA-based Matrix Genetics, a biotechnology company focused on producing safe and sustainable commodities derived from cyanobacteria, has announced what they say is a technology breakthrough allowing for rapid and efficient production of pigments and proteins in Spirulina…

PNNL awarded for algal biofuel innovation

PNNL awarded for algal biofuel innovation

Developing renewable fuel from wet algae is one of the latest innovations Richland, Washington-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has successfully driven to the market with the help of commercial partners. As a result, the Federal Laboratory Consortium has honored the Department of Energy’s…

“Spirulina Fountain” reflects 16th century Italian gardens

“Spirulina Fountain” reflects 16th century Italian gardens

Designboom.com is showcasing the “Spirulina Fountain” designed by bureau A. The installation constitutes a hybrid, fusing the production basins of the intense blue-green algae with contemplative Italian gardens of the 16th century. More specifically, the form and dimensions of the project imitate…

Algae cultivation project in Portugal

Algae cultivation project in Portugal

A consortium of biotechnology experts, including scientists from Wageningen UR, in the Netherlands, has started to build a one-hectare pilot unit for the production of microalgae in Portugal. This unit will demonstrate an innovative integrated approach to produce microalgae biomass with biodiesel validation in a sustainable manner…

Can algae clean up mine water?

Can algae clean up mine water?

Western Morning News reports that Westcountry scientists in the U.K. are using algae to develop an innovative new method of cleaning up contaminated mine water while harvesting valuable resources in the process. Research teams from universities in Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff are piloting the technique…

Testing brown algae to strengthen hearts after attack

Testing brown algae to strengthen hearts after attack

Nicole Kwan reports for FOXNews.com that clinical researchers at Stony Brook Medicine’s Heart Institute, in Stony Brook, NY, are part of the “Preservation” clinical trial, a study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of bioabsorbable cardiac matrix (BCM) in preventing further heart failure in patients who…

Sugar Kelp a biofuel target in Scandinavia

Sugar Kelp a biofuel target in Scandinavia

William Tucker writes in fullfreedom.org about the lure the oceans have for advocates of biofuel, particularly in Scandinavia. “Two-thirds of the globe is covered with water,” says Khanh-Quang Tran, a Norwegian researcher who has published papers on the possibility of growing algae as a biofuel on an industrial basis…

Texas Biotech program inspires high school science students

Texas Biotech program inspires high school science students

Stephanie Buckner writes in the Cleveland Advocate that Splendora High School, in Cleveland, Ohio, is conducting a cutting edge program, funded with help of a grant approximately three years ago, that allows students the opportunity to raise algae, as well as differing forms of bacteria, for biofuels, pharmaceuticals…

Inhabitat’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs”

Inhabitat’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs”

Algae has so many identities, powers and mysteries no wonder it has sparked imaginations in so many directions. In an inspired quest, Taz Loomans at inhabitat.com has gathered what she claims to be…

Algal biofuels for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Algal biofuels for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Keikuke Katori writes in the Asahi Shimbun that airlines, universities and other organizations have started an initiative to produce and supply biofuels in Japan, with a target of having commercial flights using such…

Antibacterial material made with algae

Antibacterial material made with algae

Consumers concerned about the safety of silver ions in antibacterial and odor-free clothing will soon have a proven safe alternative thanks to ultra-thin thread and a substance found naturally in red algaes…

Brown algae may inhibit HIV infection

Brown algae may inhibit HIV infection

Biplab Das reports in NatureAsia.com that a research team has found aqueous extracts of the marine brown algae Lobophoro variegate that can inhibit the replication of human immunodeficiency virus…

New method for producing methane from algae

New method for producing methane from algae

Researchers at the Paul Scherer Institute (PSI) in Wädenswil, Switzerland, have succeeded in producing energy-rich gas from microalgae, and in doing so have demonstrated that this new method is technically…

USU races cars on algae/safflower biofuel blend

USU races cars on algae/safflower biofuel blend

Michael Anderson reports for Deseret News that Utah State University (USU) researchers used the Bonneville Salt Flats Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, to show how well a car fueled with 20 percent biofuel made of algae…

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