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Partitioning of porous materials
Gases and pollutants can be filtered from air and liquids by means of porous, crystalline materials, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). (2019-04-29)
Berkeley Lab science snapshots April 2019
Three science briefs from Berkeley Lab. (2019-04-29)
Nanosized container with photoswitches: release of cargo upon irradiation in water
Researchers at Tokyo Tech have developed a nanosized container bearing photoswitches that takes up hydrophobic compounds of various size and shape in water and subsequently releases them quantitatively by non-invasive light stimulus. (2019-04-24)
Perfume makers seek natural, sustainable scents
In 1921, perfumer Ernest Beaux discovered that adding synthetic aldehydes to natural rose and jasmine scents produced just the right fragrance combination for the iconic CHANEL® No. (2019-04-24)
Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria
A University of Rochester biologist invented an inexpensive and environmentally friendly method for making artificial nacre using an innovative component: bacteria. (2019-04-23)
Biomimetics: Artificial receptor distinguishes between male and female hormones
Researchers at Tokyo Tech have revealed that an artificial receptor preferentially binds male steroid hormones from a mixture of male and female hormones in water. (2019-04-22)
Light and peptides: New method diversifies natural building blocks of life
EPFL chemists have developed a new, light-based method for modifying peptides at the C-terminal position. (2019-04-18)
Multistep self-assembly opens door to new reconfigurable materials
Self-assembling synthetic materials come together when tiny, uniform building blocks interact and form a structure. (2019-04-18)
Bioengineers add cooperative molecules to their toolkit for programming signal processing
Synthetic biologists have added a new toolset powered by self-assembling molecules and predictive modeling will allow researchers to construct the complex computation and signal processing found in eukaryotic organisms, including human cells. (2019-04-18)
Bioengineers program cells as digital signal processors
Synthetic biologists have added high-precision analog-to-digital signal processing to the genetic circuitry of living cells. (2019-04-18)
New software tool could provide answers to some of life's most intriguing questions
A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of a software tool that can provide conclusive answers to some of the world's most fascinating questions. (2019-04-17)
Army scientists lead the way to produce tools for engineering biomolecules
Army scientists have discovered how to build novel synthetic biomolecule complexes that they believe are a critical step towards biotemplated advanced materials. (2019-04-15)
New compound allows bacterial communication to be controlled by light
Scientists from the University of Groningen have succeeded in incorporating a light-controlled switch into a molecule used by bacteria for quorum sensing -- a process by which bacteria communicate and subsequently control different cellular processes. (2019-04-15)
Synthetic peptide can inhibit toxicity, aggregation of protein in Alzheimer's disease
A team led by researchers at the University of Washington has developed synthetic peptides that target and inhibit the small, toxic protein aggregates that are thought to trigger Alzheimer's disease. (2019-04-15)
Tiny light-up barcodes identify molecules by their twinkling
An imaging technique developed at Duke University could make it possible to peer inside cells and watch dozens of different molecules at once -- by labeling them with short strands of light-up DNA that blink on and off with their own unique rhythm. (2019-04-12)
Single cell transcriptomics: A new sequencing approach
Researchers from University of Southern Denmark, Wellcome Sanger Institute and BGI, today published a study in the journal Genome Biology comparing the library preparation and sequencing platforms for single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq). (2019-04-09)
Marijuana for morning sickness? It's not great for baby's brain
With a growing number of states legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, more women are using the drug during pregnancy, in part due to its reported ability to relieve morning sickness. (2019-04-09)
Slug glue reveals clues for making better medical adhesives
The Dusky Arion slug produces a defensive glue that fouls the mouthparts of any would-be predator. (2019-04-08)
Blocking opioid receptors could reduce hormone-therapy-fueled increases in sugar intake
Estradiol is a commonly prescribed estrogen therapy. Previous research has found that rats treated with the hormone experience an increase in sugar consumption. (2019-04-07)
Synthetic antibody rapidly protects mice and monkeys from Zika
A DNA-encoded monoclonal antibody prevents Zika infection in mice and non-human primates, researchers report April 5 in the journal Molecular Therapy. (2019-04-05)
New guidelines push for better controlled experiments with synthetic nucleic acids
Researchers have proposed new guidelines to overcome current problems facing scientists developing synthetic nucleic acids -- such as antisense oligonucleotides and double-stranded RNAs -- as drugs and research tools. (2019-04-04)
Researchers create molecules with strong anti-Zika virus potential
Scientists have created a molecule with both strong anti-Zika properties and low toxicity to animal cells. (2019-04-04)
Bacterial factories could manufacture high-performance proteins for space missions
Nature has evolved protein-based substances with mechanical properties that rival even the best synthetic materials. (2019-04-02)
High throughput method to produce and screen engineered antimicrobial lanthipeptides
Nature has provided us with lots of antimicrobials. However, given the rapid increase of antimicrobial resistance, there is a need for the development of new-to-nature antibiotics. (2019-04-02)
Programmable 'Legos' of DNA and protein building blocks create novel 3D cages
The central goal of nanotechnology is the manipulation of materials on an atomic or molecular scale, especially to build microscopic devices or structures. (2019-04-02)
Toward novel computing and fraud detection technologies with on-demand polymers
Drawing inspiration from nature, researchers are making polymers with ever-more precise compositions on demand. (2019-04-01)
Next-generation single-dose antidotes for opioid overdoses
Fentanyl's powerful effects are long-lasting, and even tiny amounts of the drug can lead to an overdose. (2019-03-31)
Sea anemones are ingesting plastic microfibers
Tiny fragments of plastic in the ocean are consumed by sea anemones along with their food, and bleached anemones retain these microfibers longer than healthy ones, according to new research from Carnegie ecologists. (2019-03-28)
Designer organelles bring new functionalities into cells
For the first time, scientists have engineered the complex biological process of translation into a designer organelle in a living mammalian cell. (2019-03-28)
Engineering cellular function without living cells
EPFL scientists have come up with a systematic method for studying and even predicting gene expression - without using cells. (2019-03-25)
ELSI scientist constructs artificial photosynthetic cells
Scientists build artificial cells as models of primitive cells. Research team have constructed artificial cells using minimal components that are able to supply energy to drive gene expression inside a microcompartment, thus these artificial cells can produce energy that helps synthesize parts of the cells themselves. (2019-03-25)
Magnetic stir bars carry 'memory' from previous flasks and tubes
Magnetic stir bars are regarded as reusable consumables, and in many labs they last for months. (2019-03-20)
Even low doses of synthetic cannabinoids can impair cognitive performance
A new study shows that inhaled doses of as little as 2 mg of the synthetic cannabinoid JWH-018 can significantly impair critical thinking and memory, slow reaction times, and increase confusion and dissociation. (2019-03-19)
Stress hormones promote breast cancer metastasis
Scientists from the University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel have deciphered the molecular mechanisms linking breast cancer metastasis with increased stress hormones. (2019-03-13)
Copying made easy
Whether revealing a perpetrator with DNA evidence, diagnosing a pathogen, classifying a paleontological discovery, or determining paternity, the duplication of nucleic acids (amplification) is indispensable. (2019-03-12)
The moiré patterns of three layers change the electronic properties of graphene
Combining an atomically thin graphene and a boron nitride layer at a slightly rotated angle changes their electrical properties. (2019-03-08)
Cells use sugars to communicate at the molecular level
Research from the University of Pennsylvania reveals how cells communicate at the molecular level. (2019-03-01)
Directed evolution builds nanoparticles
Directed evolution is a powerful technique for engineering proteins. EPFL scientists now show that it can also be used to engineer synthetic nanoparticles as optical biosensors, which are used widely in biology, drug development, and even medical diagnostics such as real-time monitoring of glucose. (2019-02-27)
Yeast produce low-cost, high-quality cannabinoids
UC Berkeley synthetic biologists have created an enzymatic network in yeast that turns sugar into cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, but also novel cannabinoids not found in the marijuana plant itself. (2019-02-27)
Geographic distribution of opioid-related deaths
Identifying changes in the geographic distribution of opioid-related deaths is important, and this study analyzed data for more than 351,000 US residents who died of opioid-related causes from 1999 to 2016. (2019-02-22)
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