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Biologically-Based Materials and Products

Discovering novel approaches using genetic systems and biological materials to create value-added commercial and consumer products in a sustainable, profitable manner.
 

Faculty are especially interested in investigating the economic viability and competitiveness of various products, the political implications of the use of various products, supply-chain issues related to various products and ways to promote entrepreneurship among members of the college, including students.

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Building starch backbones for lab-grown meat using Lego pieces
March 26, 2019
A new technique to spin starch fibers using Lego pieces could have future applications for lab-grown "clean" meat, according to a team of food scientists from Penn State and the University of Alabama.
Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise
February 25, 2019
Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers.
New technology improves CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes, other species
August 9, 2018
A technology designed to improve CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes and other arthropods succeeds with a high degree of efficiency, while eliminating the need for difficult microinjection of genetic material, according to researchers.