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What bacteria can teach us about combating atrazine contamination
Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia, or CSIRO, are interested in harnessing the bacterial ability to degrade atrazine in order to remediate atrazine-polluted environments. (2018-05-17)
First of its kind cancer stem cell research unlocks clues to treatment resistance
Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have made exciting new findings that could offer a means of fighting resistance to treatment for people with esophageal cancer. (2017-01-17)
Synthetic biology used to target cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue, study reports
Synthetic proteins engineered to recognize overly active biological pathways can kill cancer cells while sparing their healthy peers, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2019-05-02)
CrossFire Beilstein expands content with multi-step reactions
From June 2008, CrossFire Beilstein will incorporate multi-step reactions into its database. (2008-06-02)
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)
James Crivello given top honor for polymer research by ACS
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Crivello, of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, was awarded the 2009 Herman F. (2009-04-06)
Progesterone may be why pregnant women are more vulnerable to certain infections
Women who are pregnant or using synthetic progesterone birth control injections have a vulnerability to infections including malaria, Listeria, HIV, and herpes simplex virus. (2013-02-28)
UMass Amherst research scores advance in manipulating T-cells
Until recently, medical researchers had little hope of experimentally manipulating naïve T cells to study their crucial roles in immune function, because they were largely impenetrable, says polymer scientist Gregory Tew: (2012-10-11)
Putting more science into the art of making nanocrystals
Andrew Greytak, a chemist in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina, is leading a research team that's making the process of synthesizing quantum dots much more systematic. (2013-07-10)
UMass scientist leads team that builds antibacterial molecules
A University of Massachusetts polymer scientist is part of a team that has found a new way to design and construct molecules that are antibacterial, and could someday be embedded in items ranging from countertops to (2002-04-15)
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)
Protein folding: Building a strong foundation
Like a 1950's Detroit automaker, it appears that nature prefers to build its proteins around a solid, sturdy chassis. (2006-09-14)
'Perfume' lures flies into trap
A Groningen research team has investigated how flies react to the odours of such things as old pork, bread and chicken manure. (2001-05-29)
Responsive material could be the 'golden ticket' of sensing
A new responsive material 'glued' together with short strands of DNA, and capable of translating thermal and chemical signals into visible physical changes, could underpin a new class of biosensors or drug delivery systems. (2015-01-07)
New finding may compromise aging studies
Scientists found that a hormone they were using to selectively activate genes in flies for life span studies was actually extending the lives of mated female flies by 68 percent. (2015-02-04)
Upcoming symposium will honor Carl R. Woese, discoverer of life's Third Domain
The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology is proud to host our symposium 'Looking in the Right Direction: Carl Woese and the New Biology' from September 19-20, 2015, to mark the renaming of our Institute. (2015-05-19)
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)
Turing's theory of morphogenesis validated 60 years after his death
Sixty years after Turing's death, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Brandeis University have provided the first experimental evidence that validates Turing's theory in cell-like structures. (2014-03-12)
Oxford University Press to publish Biology of Reproduction
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce its partnership with the Society for the Study of Reproduction to publish Biology of Reproduction. (2017-02-02)
Getting maximum profit, minimal pollution
In a new study, researchers at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service have calculated how much chicken litter farmers need to apply to cotton crops to maximize profits. (2016-10-12)
New gecko-like adhesive shakes off dirt
UC Berkeley researchers have created the first gecko-like adhesive that cleans itself after each use without the need for water or chemicals. (2008-09-10)
Researchers show fruit flies have latent bioluminescence
A synthetic luciferin developed by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark -- otherwise known as bioluminescence. (2014-04-10)
Montana State researchers find that beetle odor could help tackle tamarisk
The Montana State University team found that a synthetic version of a pheromone produced by northern tamarisk beetles could be used to double the effectiveness of the beetles in controlling the invasive shrub. (2018-03-27)
Trustee makes donation to start new solar energy research center at Rensselaer
Researchers at the center will work to develop the next generation of solar technology by studying one of the most powerful energy converting machines in world -- plants. (2008-10-31)
NSF funds new Rutgers plant biomaterials initiative
The National Science Foundation has Rutgers scientists looking to plants as a source of materials for cardiovascular stents, bone and tissue grafts, antiviral and antibacterial food packaging, and personal care products. (2007-02-27)
New drugs hope to fight neglected tropical diseases
Scientists say they are a step closer to providing effective treatments for three 'neglected' diseases after making a chemical which can kill the parasites that cause the illnesses. (2016-08-08)
Human amyloid-beta acts as natural antibiotic in the brains of animal models
A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital investigators provides additional evidence that amyloid-beta protein -- which is deposited in the form of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease -- is a normal part of the innate immune system, the body's first-line defense against infection. (2016-05-25)
Bioengineers create pathway to personalized medicine
Matthew DeLisa, the William L. Lewis Professor of Engineering in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University, and Michael Jewett, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University, have teamed up on work that could provide sustainable ways to make chemicals, medicines and biomaterials. (2018-07-12)
A new way to assemble cells into 3-D microtissues
By programming cells with short lengths of synthetic DNA on their surfaces, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory can control how different cell types bind together to form complex artificial microtissues for potential uses in medicine, and in medical and biological research. (2009-03-05)
UC San Diego researchers synchronize blinking 'genetic clocks'
Researchers at UC San Diego who last year genetically engineered bacteria to keep track of time by turning on and off fluorescent proteins within their cells have taken another step toward the construction of a programmable genetic sensor. (2010-01-20)
Natural substances in orange, tangerine inhibit cancer
Naturally occurring substances in citrus juices, called flavonoids, show promise against prostate cancer, lung cancer and melanoma in laboratory studies, according to a joint Canadian-United States study. (2000-03-20)
Heparin prepared synthetically could replace animal-derived drug
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered an alternative way to produce heparin, a drug commonly used to stop or prevent blood from clotting. (2006-02-06)
Safeguarding the greater good
Research teams from the Wyss Institute and University of California, San Diego -- the only two groups to have published work on RNA-guided CRISPR gene drives -- have proactively assembled an international group of 26 experts, including prominent genetic engineers and fruit fly geneticists, to unanimously recommend a series of preemptive measures to safeguard gene drive research. (2015-07-30)
Scientists unwrap the elements of life
Researchers at Newcastle University have taken a step forward in our understanding of how the fundamental building blocks of life are put together. (2008-10-22)
Hydrogen gas from enzyme production
Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have uncovered a crucial reaction principle of hydrogen-producing enzymes. (2017-12-06)
Birth control pills pose small but significant stroke risk
Birth control pills cause a small but significant increase in the risk of the most common type of stroke, according to a comprehensive report in the journal MedLink Neurology. (2015-09-18)
New technique reinforces immune cells that seek and destroy cancer, says Stanford researcher
In what could be a shot in the arm for adoptive immunotherapy, new Stanford University research shows promise in enhancing and controlling the growth of T cells in living mice and in human cell cultures, potentially overcoming one of the therapy's drawbacks. (2010-04-26)
A guide to CRISPR gene activation
In a study published on May 23 in Nature Methods, a Wyss Institute team reports how it rigorously compared and ranked the most commonly used artificial Cas9 activators in different cell types from organisms including humans, mice and flies. (2016-05-23)
Algae as a resource: Chemical tricks from the sea
The chemical process by which bacteria break down algae into an energy source for the marine food chain, has been unknown - until now. (2019-07-15)
Inflammation may cause preterm labor and fetal deaths
Inflammation from bacterial infections is linked to preterm births and deaths, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine and the Case School of Medicine. (2007-08-08)
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