Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 28, 2005
Using computers and DNA to count bacteria
Don't call them the Dirt Doctors, or Sultans of Soil, they're just clever Lab guys.

Major breakthrough in the treatment of cancers and infectious diseases
Dr. André Veillette, a researcher at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), and his team will publish in the upcoming issue of the prestigious journal Nature Immunology of Nature Publishing Group, a discovery that could significantly advance the treatment of cancers and infectious diseases.

Green catalyst destroys pesticides and munitions toxins, finds Carnegie Mellon University
A chemical catalyst developed at Carnegie Mellon University completely destroys dangerous nitrophenols in laboratory tests, report researchers at the 230th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.

Novel compounds show promise as safer, more potent insecticides
Research teams at Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd., Bayer CropScience and DuPont have developed two new classes of broad-spectrum insecticides that show promise as a safer and more effective way to fight pest insects that damage food crops.

Beilstein-Institut publishes first issue of new open access journal in organic chemistry
The Beilstein-Institut is pleased to announce the launch of Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Opiate drugs increase vulnerability to stress
A new study has found that opiate drugs such as morphine leave animals more vulnerable to stress.

Writing at the nanoscale
At the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists have developed a new chemical

Self-assembled DNA buckyballs for drug delivery
Cornell University researchers have made DNA buckyballs -- tiny geodesic spheres that could be used for drug delivery and as containers for chemical reactions.

Virginia Tech group adds tools to DNA-targeted anti-cancer drugs
Chemistry and biology researchers at Virginia Tech have enhanced the abilities of the molecules they are creating to deliver killing blows to cancer cells.

First production of human monoclonal antibodies in chicken eggs published in Nature Biotechnology
Origen Therapeutics today announced the first published scientific report of fully functional, human sequence monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) produced in chickens.

Researchers shed more light on conversion of water to hydrogen gas
Chemists are several steps closer to teasing hydrogen fuel from water using man-made molecular devices that collect electrons and use them to split hydrogen from oxygen.

Purdue creates new method to drive fuel cells for portable electronics
Engineers at Purdue University have developed a new way of producing hydrogen for fuel cells to automatically recharge batteries in portable electronics, such as notebook computers, and eliminate the need to use a wall outlet.

Duke chemists find possible reason why redheads have more skin cancer
A Duke University chemist has found differences in how ultraviolet light affects the photochemistry of human pigments that he says may explain why red-haired people are more prone to skin cancer than those with black hair.

Coffee is number one source of antioxidants
Coffee provides more than just a morning jolt; java is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Scranton (Pa.).

'Mad cow' proteins successfully detected in blood
Researchers have found a way to detect in blood the malformed proteins that cause
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