Breakthroughs in Biotechnology | UMBC Industry News

UMBC’s Biotechnology Graduate Program prepares science professionals to fill management and leadership roles in biotechnology-related companies or agencies organizations. 

The program’s curriculum offers advanced instruction in the life sciences, along with coursework in regulatory affairs, leadership, management, commercialization and legal issues inherent to a life science-oriented business.

In today’s Industry News, we take a look at some breakthroughs in the biotechnology field and how they are changing lives.

Breakthroughs in Sustainable Bacteria

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley collaborated on a research project that found bacteria that can emulate the “carbene transfer reaction.” This is an important development, as this reaction is typically seen in the use of fossil fuels. Additionally, the bacteria feeds on sugar, making this a breakthrough in possible renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. 

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Solutions for Internal Bleeding

Next, MIT engineers have had a breakthrough in creating artificial blood clots. This advancement soon offers a more effective way to fight internal bleeding while transferring patients to the hospital. These engineers created a system that mimics platelets which start the blood clots, and the fibrinogen which form the blood clots. This will be very beneficial for victims of car crashes who are losing blood faster than their blood can clot. 

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Discoveries in the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Results from a study conducted by researchers at Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine at UNLV supports the idea that there is a link between gut health and Alzheimer’s disease. According to their results, there are about ten types of bacteria that can be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because bacteria can “seep through the intestinal lining, interact with the APOE (a gene identified as a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease), and trigger a neuroinflammatory response — affecting brain health and numerous immune functions.”

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UMBC’s Biotechnology master’s degree is designed to provide students with the skills sought by the biotechnology industry. Learn more here.

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  1. Omran says:

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