Harnessing the power of Nanosensors and Machine Learning to package the various Lupus biomarker tests into one, increasing the speed and accuracy of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) diagnostic.

(Written by Isabelle Lau, Marzooq A, & Ashley Mo)

80 years ago, the world froze in shock. The first case of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) was recorded, and little did we know that this small abnormal gene would cause thousands of deaths to date.

The good news is, we can currently get ahead of CF by detecting it early on and treating its symptoms. So now the 70,000+ living with CF are expected…

The status quo is simply not enough.

In the world of scientific breakthroughs, CRISPR technology is definitely one worth mentioning. The ability to edit genomes has allowed us to find solutions to curing conditions caused by genetic error, create a world of more sustainable agriculture, and with the onset of the pandemic, reform COVID-19 diagnostics.

The current “gold standard” of coronavirus testing is a familiar process known as RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction), where the viral RNA would be converted to DNA, and amplified for a duration of time until the amplification can be detected by a digital device. …

Procrastination used to be my middle name.

There were so many things that I wanted to accomplish, but the case was always that I was never actually able to bring myself to do anything. Either the TV remote was in my hand or I would be rubbing my phone screen as I mindlessly scrolled through TikTok. And it wasn’t like I wasn’t driven. I really was. I had an entire calendar filled from bottom to top, my time fully planned out as to how to reach the goals I had. Everything was perfect…accept for the part of actually getting started.

The coronavirus vaccine expires fast. The slightest rise in temperature can render a dose ineffective, meaning one less in someone’s arm and one more in the trash. But perhaps there’s a solution, and it lies in tweaking the physical pattern of the nano-sized lipid packaging.

Conventional vaccines vs the COVID-19 vaccine.

Compared to history’s other vaccines, the COVID-19 one is unique. Yes, it’s still a vaccine which gives you immunity, but main reason why it differs compared to conventional vaccines is because it uses messenger RNA (mRNA).

This is why it’s true when people say “you cant get sick from the vaccine, because it doesn’t actually…

Co-founder of Spartan Bioscience and CEO of Lobo Genetics.

This week I had the pleasure of talking to John Lem, the co-founder of Spartan Bioscience, a $30M corporation reforming COVID-19 testing to be faster and more accessible. Additionally, he’s the CEO of Lobo Genetics which is enabling safer cannabis use through DNA analysis.

Society’s current method of pandemic testing is through sending your swab into a lab where a complex procedure known as RT-PCR is done, using bulky and expensive equipment — the time from sample to result being 3 hours. …

Creating a closed-loop, zero-waste artificial system using minimum energy and equipment — with Chitin.

Although none of us have ever been to Mars, we know it’s a dead place. Space aficionados who dream of colonizing the red planet will eventually need to face the scarcity of basic resources on the Martian surface. We already face this issue on Earth, where our rate of consumption has reached a point to where we would need an extra 0.6 of another Earth to continue to sustain ourselves. So moving into an environment where there’s nothing is going to be challenging for humans.

Current construction material isn’t feasible


I’m not a morning person. At all actually. On weekdays I would get up groggily at 8:58am, just 2 minutes before school started, then rush to log on just in time. With weekends it was worse. My family used to go out on long hikes and come home long before I woke up at 12 in the afternoon. I remember my mom would sometimes come into the room and vacuum every corner from top to bottom, blasting a Chinese talkshow on the iPad until I had lost all tolerance and was forced to roll out of bed.

So it was…

We’re using bacteria to wipe out harmful denim dyes. We’re turning cotton-clothes to fungi-fabric. Synthetic biology is transforming the way we make the things we wear, paving the way for more future sustainable fashion.

Each pair of jeans in your closet took 1,800 gallons of water to make, the toxic indigo dye responsible for 20% of the world’s water pollution. On top you wear your leather jacket, which took tremendous amounts of energy and chemicals to transform the animal skin into wearable fabric.

Synthetic biology has already long been playing a role in the textile industry. Enzymes are being used…

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  • Ashley

Hi, I’m Ashley Mo, and this is Telescope, a blog that navigates how emerging tech is fuelling the evolution of society. In #TECH-MOVEMENT expect blogs on a wide variety of things, from synthetic biology, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology…this list would get way too long if I wrote all of them here. They could range from recent discoveries or breakthroughs discussed in the news to more discussion-based topics like how “synthetic biology could wipe out humans,” etc. ~ but don’t worry, synthetic biology overall is still very swag ;)

And every so often I’ll host 11 question style…

Ashley Mo

A 15 year old innovator, just wanting to share some cool stuff I research :)

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