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Excessive hygiene promotes resistance to antibiotics
In Nature Communications, researchers from Graz in Austria present initial approaches to how the spread of antibiotic resistances can be prevented in hospitals. (2019-03-12)
Checking DNA base editor's mistakes and tricks to reduce them
IBS scientists have identified the mistake-rate of DNA editing tools, based on CRISPR and known as adenine base editors. (2019-03-04)
Bringing more human intelligence to AI, data science and digital automation
The advent of data science, wireless connectivity and sensors, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things has raised the prospects for digital automation, smart hospital design and the home health care industry for an aging population. (2019-03-04)
Preventing the production of toxic mitochondrial proteins -- a promising treatment target
Researchers at the University of Helsinki uncovered the mechanisms for a novel cellular stress response arising from the toxicity of newly synthesized proteins. (2019-02-21)
Hens that lay human proteins in eggs offer future therapy hope
Chickens that are genetically modified to produce human proteins in their eggs can offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of drugs, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests. (2019-01-27)
Long-read DNA analysis can give rise to errors, experts warn
Advanced technologies that read long strings of DNA can produce flawed data that could affect genetic studies, research from the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute suggests. (2019-01-22)
UM professor co-authors report on the use of biotechnology in forests
University of Montana Professor Diana Six is one of 12 authors of a new report that addresses the potential for biotechnology to provide solutions for protecting forest trees from insect and pathogen outbreaks, which are increasing because of climate change and expanded global trade. (2019-01-15)
Hair colour gene study sheds new light on roots of redheads' locks
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered eight additional genes linked to red hair, helping to solve a mystery of how redheads inherit their flaming locks. (2018-12-10)
Plants as antifungal factories
Researchers from three research institutes in Spain have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in the leaves of the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. (2018-12-10)
A bastard seal from the past reveals the potential for human hybrids
If discovered as fossils, grey and ringed seals are so different that they could be classified as belonging to different families. (2018-11-30)
Ben-Gurion University research leads to first nationwide sunscreen chemicals ban in Palau
'We are pleased to see that governments are using scientific research conducted at Ben-Gurion University to protect the delicate coral reef systems and ocean wildlife that are already under significant stress from climate change,' says Prof. (2018-11-07)
Science/Science Careers' survey ranks top biotech, biopharma, and pharma employers
The Science and Science Careers' 2018 annual Top Employers Survey polled employees in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and related industries to determine the 20 best employers in these industries as well as their driving characteristics. (2018-10-25)
How are pulsed electric fields being used in cancer therapy?
Pulsed electric fields are helping fight cancer, whether by inducing tumor cell death or by stimulating the immune system. (2018-10-11)
Blue roses could be coming soon to a garden near you
For centuries, gardeners have attempted to breed blue roses with no success. (2018-10-10)
More bad news for artificial sweetener users according to Ben-Gurion University researchers
The collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners. (2018-10-01)
New immunotherapy inhibits tumor growth and protects against metastases
Scientists at the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology have taken important steps forward in the development of a cancer-targeting immunotherapy. (2018-08-24)
Most Americans accept genetic engineering of animals that benefits human health
Americans' views of possible uses of genetic engineering in animals vary depending on the mechanism and intended purpose of the technology, particularly the extent to which it would bring health benefits to humans. (2018-08-16)
Groundbreaking poplar study shows trees can be genetically engineered not to spread
The largest field-based study of genetically modified forest trees ever conducted has demonstrated that genetic engineering can prevent new seedlings from establishing. (2018-08-03)
Yeast species used in food industry causes disease in humans
A major cause of drug-resistant clinical yeast infections is the same species previously regarded as non-pathogenic and commonly used in the biotechnology and food industries. (2018-07-19)
What's in an egg? Oocyte factors that can reprogram adult cells
The promise of generating truly pluripotent stem cells from terminally differentiated adult cell types continues to captivate scientists who envision great potential for therapeutic interventions. (2018-07-03)
Finnish scientists analyzed the proteome of T helper 17 cells
T helper 17 (Th17) cells belong to a group of T cells with essential functions in autoimmune diseases and inflammation. (2018-06-20)
Proteins as a 'shuttle service' for targeted administration of medication
Medication that reaches the spot where it's needed without placing strain on the rest of the body is no longer a vision of the future. (2018-06-14)
Organic insect deterrent for agriculture
Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. (2018-06-06)
New findings link estrogen and T cell immune response to autoimmune inflammation
Women are more prone to the development of autoimmune diseases. (2018-05-31)
Faster genome evolution methods to transform yeast for industrial biotechnology
A research team led by Prof. DAI Junbiao at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Prof. (2018-05-25)
Faster genome evolution methods to transform yeast
Scientists have created a new way of speeding up the genome evolution of baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the same yeast we use for bread and beer production. (2018-05-22)
Unique inflammation patterns emerging in patients with type 1 diabetes
Analysis of the inflammation-promoting proteins in the blood of patients with type 1 diabetes and related kidney disease indicates that the promoters of inflammation are diverse even in the same medical condition and that patients likely would benefit from an anti-inflammatory treatment that directly targets theirs, scientists report. (2018-03-08)
DNA study of cow stomachs could aid meat and dairy production
Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to analysis of microbes in cows' stomachs by researchers led by the University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). (2018-02-28)
Microbiota-gut-brain axis is at epicenter of new approach to mental health
The functional gut microbiome provides an exciting new therapeutic target for treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and trauma-related conditions. (2018-02-26)
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)
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