Stories about Cells
Next-generation drug targeting using natural extracellular vesicles
Utilising a cell’s own molecular delivery system could enable specific biomedical treatments
Interfacing biology with computer science
RNA-based algorithms can advance cellular computing and enable new biological solutions for healthcare and industrial biotechnology
Research projects about Cells
The Swarm-Organ Project worked on developing new algorithms in swarm robotics to make it more efficient. Rather than looking to the insect world as previous studies in swarm technology have done, the project studied cell behaviour to extrapolate organisation principles derived from GRNs (gene regulatory networks). The project carried out successful demonstrations of robots emulating cell behaviour, particularly in terms of regeneration behaviour.
Ribonets developed a set of synthetic RNA-based devices (biological algorithms). The synthetic RNA toolbox also knows as “RNAblueprint” will help advance cellular computing and facilitate a host of new biological solutions. These genetically customized solutions could have the potential to cure a host of genetic diseases deemed untreatable so far.
VES4US wants to develop a radically new platform for the efficient production and functionalisation of extracellular vesicles, for the exploitation of the results in the fields of nanomedicine, cosmetics and nutraceutics. This will be accomplished by loading with specific cargoes directly in isolated extracellular vesicles or by the modulation of producer cells.