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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)
Rules of inheritance rewritten in worms
Laboratory model breaks laws of heredity, opening up new research possibilities in genetics and synthetic biology. (2019-02-21)
Hachimoji -- Expanding the genetic alphabet from four to eight
A new form of synthetic DNA expands the information density of the genetic code, that likely preserves its capability for supporting life, according to a new study. (2019-02-21)
Light-based production of drug-discovery molecules
EPFL chemists have developed a light-based chemical method for cheap and simple production of chemical molecules used in drug discovery, such as muscle relaxants and antimicrobials. (2019-02-18)
Machine learning unlocks plants' secrets
Plants are master chemists, and Michigan State University researchers have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites. (2019-02-18)
From sea to lab
With its vast numbers of different lifeforms, the sea is a largely unexplored source of natural products that could be starting points for new pharmaceuticals, such as the antitumor drugs trabectedin and lurbinectedin. (2019-02-18)
Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution
While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to solve this problem. (2019-02-16)
Altered data sets can still provide statistical integrity and preserve privacy
Synthetic networks may increase the availability of some data while still protecting individual or institutional privacy, according to a Penn State statistician. (2019-02-16)
Making better embryos
One out of every six Canadian couples experiences infertility. Some resort to in vitro fertilization. (2019-02-14)
New painkiller lasts longer, is less addictive than morphine
As an alternative to morphine, researchers present a new nano-painkiller they've tested in rodents. (2019-02-13)
Moving artificial leaves out of the lab and into the air
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have proposed a design solution that could bring artificial leaves out of the lab and into the environment. (2019-02-12)
Microbial manufacturing
Led by Emily Balskus, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, a team of researchers has untangled how bacteria found in soil are able to manufacture streptozotocin, showing for the first time that the compound is produced through an enzymatic pathway and revealing the novel chemistry that drives the process. (2019-02-06)
Cannabinoid compounds may inhibit growth of colon cancer cells
Medical marijuana has gained attention in recent years for its potential to relieve pain and short-term anxiety and depression. (2019-02-05)
ASU scientists study organization of life on a planetary scale
In astrobiology, there is an increasing interest in whether life as we know it is a quirk of the particular evolutionary history of the Earth or, instead, if life might be governed by more general organizing principles. (2019-02-05)
Mimicking nature for programmable and adaptive synthetic materials
In a recently published work in Nature Communications on Jan 25, 2019, scientists from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Science and Research (JNCASR) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) have successfully created a minimalistic synthetic mimic of aforementioned cytoskeletal networks with structural and temporal programming. (2019-01-28)
Scientists use microorganism to fabricate functional bacterial cellulose in situ
A research team led by Prof. XIAN Mo and ZHANG Haibo from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences developed a new method to use microorganism to fabricate functional bacterial cellulose in situ. (2019-01-28)
Muscle memory discovery ends 'use it or lose it' dogma
Exercise physiologists agree: muscle memory is real. But how are these 'memories' stored? (2019-01-25)
Scientists successfully obtain synthetic growth factor compatible to the native protein
In a recent study published in Scientific Reports, researchers at Kanazawa University show that an artificially synthesized molecule can exhibit compatible activities to natural molecules in its biological effectiveness. (2019-01-25)
A new method developed to produce precursors for high-strength carbon fibers processing
Carbon fiber is an important structural material of the 21st century. (2019-01-22)
Scientists demonstrate effective strategies for safeguarding CRISPR gene-drive experiments
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time how two molecular strategies can safeguard CRISPR gene-drive experiments in the lab, according to a study published today in eLife. (2019-01-22)
New drug resistance process found in bacteria
Researchers at the UAB and the UMBC have described a new process capable of generating resistance to synthetic antibacterial drugs within bacterial populations long before their invention and without the existence of any similar substance in nature. (2019-01-21)
This computer program makes pharma patents airtight
Routes to making life-saving medications and other pharmaceutical compounds are among the most carefully protected trade secrets in global industry. (2019-01-17)
Researchers race against extinction to uncover tree's cancer-fighting properties
As the population of a fir tree in China dwindles, researchers are racing to replicate its cancer-fighting molecules. (2019-01-17)
Models of life
Friedrich Simmel und Aurore Dupin, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have for the first time created artificial cell assemblies that can communicate with each other. (2019-01-17)
Publication of data for SYNB1020 a potential treatment for hyperammonemia
Synlogic, Inc., (Nasdaq: SYBX) a clinical stage company applying synthetic biology to beneficial microbes to develop novel, living medicines, today announced the publication in Science Translational Medicine of clinical data from its Phase 1 clinical study in healthy volunteers and supporting preclinical data from its investigational Synthetic Biotic candidate, SYNB1020. (2019-01-16)
Researchers create 'shortcut' to terpene biosynthesis in E. coli
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E.coli. (2019-01-16)
Velcro for human cells
Freiburg researchers engineer cellular adhesion receptors that can be controlled with light. (2019-01-15)
Genome doubling, cell size and novelty
In the 2019 Coulter Review, 'Polyploidy, the Nucleotype, and Novelty: The Impact of Genome Doubling on the Biology of the Cell,' published in the International Journal of Plant Sciences (180:1-52), Jeff J. (2019-01-15)
Viennese scientists develop promising new type of polymers
Organic polymers can nowadays be found in solar cells, sensors, LEDs and in many other technical applications. (2019-01-14)
Scientists coax proteins to form synthetic structures with method that mimics nature
Scientists have invented a simple new way to build synthetic nanostructures from proteins, perhaps allowing for development of molecular cages that precisely deliver chemotherapy drugs to tumors or photosynthetic systems for harvesting energy from light. (2019-01-14)
Researchers gain control over soft-molecule synthesis
By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. (2019-01-14)
A comprehensive metabolic map for production of bio-based chemicals
A KAIST research team completed a metabolic map that charts all available strategies and pathways of chemical reactions that lead to the production of various industrial bio-based chemicals. (2019-01-14)
Metabolite from pomegranate diet reduces inflammatory bowel diseases
A team of scientists from inStem, Bangalore, and University of Louisville, USA, have ascertained that a microbial metabolite (Urolithin A) derived from berries and pomegranates, and its novel synthetic analog, can mitigate IBD by increasing proteins that tighten epithelial cell junctions in the gut thereby reducing the gut inflammation. (2019-01-09)
Metabolite produced by gut microbiota from pomegranates reduces inflammatory bowel disease
The microbial metabolite, Urolithin A, derived from a compound found in berries and pomegranates, can reduce and protect against inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). (2019-01-09)
New anti-Wolbachia drug with potential to treat onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis
Researchers from LSTM and the University of Liverpool have successfully optimised a hit from a whole cell screening of a 10000-compound library to deliver the first novel fully synthetic and rationally designed anti-Wolbachia drug, AWZ1066S, which could potentially be used to treat onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis (LF). (2019-01-08)
Scientists provide new insight on how gene expression is controlled
Researchers have provided new insight on the mechanism underlying the control of gene expression in all living organisms, according to a study published today in eLife. (2019-01-08)
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