Month: February 2019

Coastal Resilience in Cordova, Alaska

Alaska is an earthquake prone state, due to its location on the subducting Pacific Plate. Some of the largest earthquakes in the United States have occurred in Alaska. This means that we must be ready and prepared for an earthquake to happen here. To do this we must be resilient- able to bounce back after disaster, in this case an earthquake.

Red Tides

Red tides occur all over the world but the farthest north they have been detected in Alaska is Cook Inlet. They are large blooms of toxin producing dinoflagellates that may color the water a deep red. The key point is the production of toxin. Red tides can actually produce other colorations of the tides, but not all colored tides are necessarily toxic. The toxin is taken in by filter feeding animals and stored in their flesh.

A Fast and Accessible Methodology for Micro-Patterning Cells on Standard Culture Substrates Using Parafilm™ Inserts

Micropatterning techniques to control the spatial organization of cells at the sub-mm scale are useful for tissue engineering [1], biosensor technology development [2], and for asking fundamental questions about the dependence of cell behaviour on local tissue organization [3], [4]. Micropatterning techniques provide direct control over several spatial parameters including colony or cell sheet size, distance between colonies, and with some methods, homotypic or heterotypic cell–cell contact [5], [6].

Eugene – A Domain Specific Language for Specifying and Constraining Synthetic Biological Parts, Devices, and Systems

In its development as an engineering field, synthetic biology is at a stage where encapsulation has been identified as a fundamental challenge. Encapsulation will enable design re-use, sharing, and software tool development, all of which greatly increase synthetic biology’s ability to grow both in complexity and in community size.

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