The Biochemist Blog

Your Scales Look Awfully Fishy

By Paulo Szwarc, Federal University of Paraná

Following the Oscars 2018 Best Picture award to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a weird thought probably navigates our minds: what if we had scales instead of skin? No? Maybe it’s just a crazy thought I had while observing the movie’s creepy yet astonishing “monster”, an amphibian/fish-looking humanoid looking straight out of a Lovecraft story.

Plant-based biomaterials: engineering the future

By Emily May Armstrong, University of Glasgow

Currently, there’s a massive drive toward improving, creating, and manufacturing cheap and safe alternatives to traditional, mammalian-based biomaterials. Biomaterials take many forms: solid inert scaffolds, decellularized ghost organs, hydrogels, pastes, and powders. This is where plants come in, our photosynthetic friends are diverse, adaptable, and cheap to grow – making them perfect candidates for novel biomaterial production.