Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a broad discipline in which biological processes, organisms, cells or cellular components are exploited to develop new technologies. New tools and products developed by biotechnologists are useful in research, agriculture, industry and the clinic.

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    A protein–nanopore machine that can unfold, thread and degrade a protein has now been developed. Fabricated in a bottom-up fashion, the nanopore machine is assembled from three proteins and provides an important step towards deciphering the sequence of single proteins via nanopores.

    • Yi-Lun Ying
    Nature Chemistry 13, 1160-1162
  • News & Views |

    Medium-chain linear α-olefins are commodity chemicals; however, manufacturing α-olefins from biomass is challenging due to inefficient removal of the last oxygen atoms. Now, a two-step biological–chemical catalysis strategy to produce medium-chain linear α-olefins provides a route to sustainable polymers.

    • Shaafique Chowdhury
    •  & Pamela Peralta-Yahya
    Nature Chemistry 13, 1157-1158
  • News & Views |

    A DNA nanodevice that selectively modulates the lysosomal protease activity in tumour-associated macrophages, increasing their antigen presentation ability, attenuates tumour growth in vivo.

    • Jiang Li
    •  & Chunhai Fan
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Developing more productive and sustainable crops will be essential to achieving food security in coming decades. A core process in plant evolution has been the transfer of chloroplast-encoded genes to the nuclear genome. We propose reverting this process as a new approach to improve plant disease resistance and photosynthesis in future crops.

    • Briardo Llorente
    • , María Eugenia Segretin
    •  & Nicolás E. Blanco
  • News & Views |

    Nanotube-mediated acquisition of immune cells’ mitochondria by tumour cells is a novel mechanism for immune evasion that can be pharmacologically targeted to potentiate cancer immunotherapies.

    • Jeremy G. Baldwin
    •  & Luca Gattinoni