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Order in the chaos of a cell membrane

An explanation has been proposed for the way in which ordered structures arise in cell membranes Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have discovered how complex compounds of sugar ... - Read More

Pour, shake and stir: How gold particles, DNA and water have the potential to shape the future of medicine

Water, Water, Water
A diagnostic 'cocktail ' containing a single drop of blood a dribble of water and a dose of DNA powder with gold particles could one day lead to the treatment of the world's leading diseases ... - Read More

Cell movement explained by molecular recycling

Molecular, cell, molecular, cell
Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified the method by which cells control the recycling of molecules a process that is essential for them to move The discovery provides researchers with a better understanding ... - Read More

Lipid nanoparticles are ideal for delivering genes and drugs, researchers show

At the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Basque Public University UPV EHU the Pharmacokinetics Nanotechnology and Gene Therapy research team is using nanotechnology to develop new formulations that can be applied to drugs and gene ... - Read More

Metal ions regulate terpenoid metabolism in insects

Ions, Metabolism
Max Planck scientists in Jena Germany have discovered an unusual regulation of enzymes that catalyze chain elongation in an important secondary metabolism the terpenoid pathway In the horseradish leaf beetle Phaedon cochleariae a single enzyme ... - Read More

Is nanosilver toxic?

According to Finnish Estonian joint research with data obtained on two crustacean species there is apparently no reason to consider silver nanoparticles more dangerous for aquatic ecosystems than silver ions The results were reported in ... - Read More

Fungal cleaning crew: Chemists determine the structure of an enzyme that breaks down dyes

Fungi serve as a kind of natural cleaning crew for the ecosystem They form enzymes that can degrade hazardous substances converting natural as well as human made toxins into harmless compounds For instance they can ... - Read More

'Fat worms' inch scientists toward better biofuel production

Fat
Fat worms confirm that researchers from Michigan State University have successfully engineered a plant with oily leaves ­ a feat that could enhance biofuel production as well as lead to improved animal feeds Share This ... - Read More

March of the pathogens: Parasite metabolism can foretell disease ranges under climate change

Metabolism
Knowing the temperatures that viruses bacteria worms and all other parasites need to grow and survive could help determine the future range of infectious diseases under climate change according to new research Share This See ... - Read More

Protein 'passport' helps nanoparticles get past immune system

System, Immune system
The body's immune system exists to identify and destroy foreign objects whether they are bacteria viruses flecks of dirt or splinters Unfortunately nanoparticles designed to deliver drugs and implanted devices like pacemakers or artificial joints ... - Read More

Coldness triggers northward flight in monarch butterflies: Migration cycle may be vulnerable to global climate change

Climate change, Climate change, Climate, climate
Each fall millions of monarch butterflies from across the eastern United States begin a southward migration in order to escape the frigid temperatures of their northern boundaries traveling up to 2 000 miles to an ... - Read More

Turning pine sap into 'ever-green' plastics

Green, Plastics
Plastic bags are a bane of nature And not just bags just about all plastics really Most are made out of petroleum and a piece of plastic if it misses the recycling bin and ends ... - Read More

Balsam for the Bones: Chemists develop a nanopaste for the repair of bone defects

Calcium
Following accidents or cancer surgery surgeons often have to transplant healthy bone tissue or synthetic material to repair the resulting bone defects Unfortunately these procedures do not always have the desired effect Share This See ... - Read More

Nano-channel disentangles knotted DNA

Nano
DNA just like hair has a tendency to become knotted thus it may be useful to disentangle it Unfortunately it is not possible to actively choose at random or better in one solution the filaments ... - Read More

Engineering cells for more efficient biofuel production

In the search for renewable alternatives to gasoline heavy alcohols such as isobutanol are promising candidates Not only do they contain more energy than ethanol but they are also more compatible with existing gasoline based ... - Read More

How predictable is evolution?

Bacteria, bacteria
Understanding how and why diversification occurs is important for understanding why there are so many species on Earth In a new study published on 19 February in the open access journal PLOS Biology researchers show ... - Read More

Microbial biorefinery provides new insight into how bacteria regulate genes

Genes, Bacteria, Genes, bacteria
Digesting lignin a highly stable polymer that accounts for up to a third of biomass is a limiting step to producing a variety of biofuels Researchers at Brown have figured out the microscopic chemical switch ... - Read More

Wild plants are infected with many viruses and still thrive

Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans domestic animals and plants but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative benevolent role of the microbe according ... - Read More

Scientists explore new technologies that remove atmospheric carbon dioxide

Atmospheric
In his Feb 12 State of the Union address President Obama singled out climate change as a top priority for his second administration We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy and the most severe ... - Read More

Not your conventional nucleic acids: Spherical nucleic acids have novel properties that are perfect for biomedical applications

Northwestern University's Chad A Mirkin a world renowned leader in nanotechnology research and its application has invented and developed a powerful material that could revolutionize biomedicine spherical nucleic acids SNAs Share This See Also Genes ... - Read More
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