What excites Andrew Ellington most in his University of Texas lab looks like a blob of white icing. It’s what he and post-doctoral researcher Peter Allen call “the bunny.”
And it is part bunny — at the cellular level. Ellington’s lab might some day create a bunny using rabbit DNA and 3-D printing technology, but that is not the goal. Animals can be cloned, said Ellington, a research professor in biochemistry, but “my criteria is to make a complex object,” like an artificial muscle.
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University of Texas Professor Andrew Ellington will give a free public lecture as part of the “Hot Science – Cool Talks” lecture series at UT. He will describe his lab’s biotechnology research on creating cheap home diagnostic tests that can be used here and in the developing world. The talk is at 7 p.m. at UT’s Student Activity Center. A science fair for the community will precede the lecture at 5:45 p.m., also at the student center.