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New insight into plants' self-defense
Researchers at the University of Delaware and the University of California-Davis have uncovered new details of how chloroplasts move about in times of trouble. (2018-02-22)
Biotechnologists look to bacteria in extremely cold environments for 'green' detergents
Despite subzero temperatures, increased UV radiation, little liquid water, and few available nutrients, bacteria living at Earth's poles thrive. (2018-02-07)
Sweet route to greater yields
Three years ago, biotechnologists demonstrated in field trials that they could increase the productivity of maize by introducing a rice gene into the plant that regulated the accumulation of sucrose in kernels and led to more kernels per maize plant. (2018-02-07)
High-res imaging gives an unparalleled view of how fungi grow
Many fungus species grow through a process of vesicle secretion that can be applied in a biotechnology setting to make commercial or medical products. (2018-01-24)
Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool
Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, a study suggests. (2017-12-07)
'Cyberbiosecurity' and protecting the life sciences
Biology and biotechnology have entered a digital age, but security policies around such activities have not kept pace. (2017-12-07)
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
The US space exploration program should continue to focus on robotic sample recovery and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief of New Space. (2017-12-07)
Scientists identify key factors that help microbes thrive in harsh environments
Three new studies by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists have identified key factors that help microbes survive in harsh environments. (2017-11-27)
Clean sweep for agriculture
Agricultural research and development features prominently under 'Clean Growth', one of the four Grand Challenges of the UK government's new Industrial Strategy, a white paper announced today (Nov. (2017-11-27)
Are patients sufficiently shielded against stray radiation during CT scans?
Radiation exposure during diagnostic imaging such as computed tomography (CT) contributes to a small, but potentially preventable percentage of cancers, yet a new study reports that 40 percent of hospitals surveyed do not routinely utilize CT shielding. (2017-11-21)
Yale team's advance allows gene editing with surgical precision
Yale researchers report they have created a more precise and efficient technology to edit the genomes of living organisms, an ability that is transforming medicine and biotechnology. (2017-11-16)
David Bowie & the art of slow innovation: A new strategy for global precision medicine
With what strategies should developing countries invest in for emerging biotechnologies and precision medicine? (2017-11-16)
New mechanisms discovered that bacteria use to protect themselves from antibiotics
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have identified new mechanisms used by bacteria to resist infection-fighting antibiotics. (2017-11-13)
HKU researchers generate tomatoes with enhanced antioxidant properties by genetic engineering
The School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), in collaboration with the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (CNRS, Strasbourg, France), has identified a new strategy to simultaneously enhance health-promoting vitamin E by ~6-fold and double both provitamin A and lycopene contents in tomatoes, to significantly boost antioxidant properties. (2017-11-10)
Boost for lipid research: Austrian researchers facilitate lipid data analysis
Illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis may also be associated with lipids. (2017-10-23)
Germ-free hatching eggs: An alternative to formaldehyde application
Hatching eggs in large-scale hatcheries are currently treated with formaldehyde to eliminate germs. (2017-10-16)
Enzymes at work: Breaking down stubborn cellulose
TU Graz researchers observe enzymes breaking down cellulose to aid the production of biofuels. (2017-10-12)
Nanopatch polio vaccine delivers
Efforts to rid the world of polio have taken another significant step, thanks to research led by University of Queensland bioscience experts and funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO). (2017-10-05)
Does the titanium dioxide in food and nanomaterials affect the gut microbiome?
A new study has shown that the titanium dioxide (TiO2) frequently used in foods, coatings, pigments, and paints that is ingested can affect both the types of bacteria present in the human gut and the pH of the colon. (2017-10-03)
Is there a link between breast milk nutrients, circadian rhythms, and infant health?
The fat content and levels of several key nutrients and hormones in breast milk vary with the mother's circadian rhythm, which may have implications for the timing of breastfeeding and feeding of expressed milk, especially for high-risk infants. (2017-09-19)
Researchers discover new, abundant enzyme that helps bacteria infect animals
Researchers have discovered a new class of enzymes in hundreds of bacterial species, including some that cause disease in humans and animals. (2017-09-12)
New method for producing malaria treatment at large scales
For the first time, production of the anti-malarial drug artemisinin has been achieved at an industrial scale using genetically engineered moss. (2017-09-07)
Crops that kill pests by shutting off their genes
Plants are among many eukaryotes that can 'turn off' one or more of their genes by using a process called RNA interference to block protein translation. (2017-07-27)
Omics technologies for analysis of precious rare biosamples
Omics technologies such as proteomics have far-reaching applications in diagnostics and clinical medicine, ecology, integrative biology research and beyond. (2017-07-13)
Bacteria used as factories to produce cancer drugs
Researchers at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability in Denmark have developed a method of producing P450 enzymes -- used by plants to defend against predators and microbes -- in bacterial cell factories. (2017-06-02)
Three types of work stress increasing in the US, according to SUNY downstate researchers
Two stressful work characteristics, low job control and 'job strain' -- that is, high-demand, low-control work -- have been increasing in the US since 2002. (2017-05-24)
Does new cash-out option in sports betting increase risk for problem gamblers?
The increasingly popular cash-out feature in online sports betting is a game-changer, but instead of just giving gamblers more control over their bets, it may increase the risk of problem gamblers losing control over their wagers. (2017-05-24)
Researchers invented a tools to decode and control signalling circuits in living cells with flashes of light
Researchers at Turku Centre for Biotechnology have invented new tools for decoding and controlling signalling circuits in living cells with flashes of light. (2017-05-17)
First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
Scientists have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae. (2017-05-04)
Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae
Researchers from Kumamoto University in Japan used a nanosecond pulsed electric field to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. (2017-04-28)
Clearing out old cells could extend joint health, stop osteoarthritis
In a preclinical study in mice and human cells, researchers report that selectively removing old or 'senescent' cells from joints could stop and even reverse the progression of osteoarthritis. (2017-04-26)
Frog slime kills flu virus
Frogs' skins were known to secrete peptides that defend them against bacteria. (2017-04-18)
DNA misspelling correction method is very accurate
IBS scientists prove that a gene editing technique used for substituting a single nucleotide in the genome is highly accurate. (2017-04-10)
Industry experts discuss advantages & risks of shifting data analytics to the cloud
Thought leaders in both cloud computing and big data examine the factors driving increasing numbers of companies to move their enterprises to the cloud, explore the synergy between the cloud and notebooks, and debate whether the cloud is able to provide the level of information security needed by enterprises in an insightful Expert Panel Discussion published in Big Data. (2017-04-04)
Mustard seeds without mustard flavor: New robust oilseed crop can resist global warming
University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. (2017-03-28)
Do patients want complementary and alternative treatments and will they pay cash for them?
While complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy are usually offered in outpatient settings, a new study has shown that the majority of hospitalized patients perceived such integrative services to be helpful. (2017-03-27)
Spreading rumors on Twitter and mistaking retweets for truth
A new study of the believability of information received via Twitter and the intention to pass on a tweet -- whether news or rumor -- is influenced by the number of times the information has already been retweeted. (2017-03-22)
The researchers discovered an unexpected link between cancer and autism
Researchers from Turku Centre for Biotechnology have observed that a protein called SHANK prevents the spread of breast cancer cells to the surrounding tissue. (2017-03-09)
Federal agencies need to prepare for greater quantity, range of biotechnology products
A profusion of biotechnology products is expected over the next five to 10 years, and the number and diversity of new products has the potential to overwhelm the U.S. regulatory system, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2017-03-09)
Are mind-body therapies effective in autism?
Researchers have shown that mindfulness therapy had significant positive effects on depression, anxiety, and rumination in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and Nei Yang Gong therapy had a significant positive effect on self-control in children with ASD. (2017-03-07)
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