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Protein origami: Quick folders are the best

Protein, Protein
The evolutionary history of proteins shows that protein folding is an important factor Especially the speed of protein folding plays a key role This was the result of a computer analysis carried out by researchers ... - Read More

Biologistics: How fast do chemical trains move in living cells?

The rate of chemical processes in cells is dictated by the speed of movement diffusion of molecules needed for a given reaction Using a versatile method developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the ... - Read More

Nanoparticles that look and act like cells

Nanoparticles, Nanoparticles
By cloaking nanoparticles in the membranes of white blood cells scientists at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute may have found a way to prevent the body from recognizing and destroying them before they deliver their ... - Read More

Bioelectric signals can be used to detect early cancer

Membrane, Membrane
Biologists at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences have discovered a bioelectric signal that can identify cells that are likely to develop into tumors The researchers also found that they could lower the incidence ... - Read More

Snails signal a humid Mediterranean

An international team of researchers has shown that old wives' tales that snails can tell us about the weather should not be dismissed too hastily Share This See Also Marine Biology Nature Biology Weather Global ... - Read More

First artificial enzyme created by evolution in a test tube

Enzyme, Enzyme, Enzyme
There's a wobbly new biochemical structure in Burckhard Seelig's lab at the University of Minnesota that may resemble what enzymes looked like billions of years ago when life on earth began to evolve long before ... - Read More

Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea

OHSU researchers in partnership with scientists from several other institutions have published two new research papers that signal how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean In ... - Read More

Safer way to vaccinate? Polymer film that gradually releases DNA coding for viral proteins may beat traditional vaccines

DNA, Proteins, DNA, DNA, DNA, DNA, DNA, Proteins
Vaccines usually consist of inactivated viruses that prompt the immune system to remember the invader and launch a strong defense if it later encounters the real thing However this approach can be too risky with ... - Read More

'Scarecrow' gene: Key to efficient crops, could lead to staple crops with much higher yields

Gene
With projections of 9.5 billion people by 2050 humankind faces the challenge of feeding modern diets to additional mouths while using the same amounts of water fertilizer and arable land as today Share This See ... - Read More

Putting the squeeze on cells: By deforming cells, researchers can deliver RNA, proteins and nanoparticles for many applications

Proteins, Nanoparticles, RNA, RNA, RNA, RNA, RNA, Proteins, Applications
Living cells are surrounded by a membrane that tightly regulates what gets in and out of the cell This barrier is necessary for cells to control their internal environment but it makes it more difficult ... - Read More

BPA substitute could spell trouble: Experiments show bisphenol S also disrupts hormone activity

BPA, Hormone, bisphenol S
A few years ago manufacturers of water bottles food containers and baby products had a big problem A key ingredient of the plastics they used to make their merchandise an organic compound called bisphenol A ... - Read More

Wood on the seafloor: An oasis for deep-sea life

Energy, Energy, Energy, Bacteria
Sunken woods promote the dispersal of rare deep sea animals forming hotspots of biodiversity at the deep seafloor Share This See Also Marine Biology Fish Extreme Survival Oceanography Global Warming Earth Science Growth ring Deep ... - Read More

Tiny fossils hold answers to big questions on climate change: Research explores 12,000 year fossil record

Climate change, Climate change
The western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet and the fastest warming part of the Southern Hemisphere Share This See Also Nature Marine Biology Fish Global Warming Climate Oceanography ... - Read More

Odd biochemistry yields lethal bacterial protein

Lethal, Protein, Protein, Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemistry
Jan 22 2013 — While working out the structure of a cell killing protein produced by some strains of the bacterium Enterococcus faecalis researchers stumbled on a bit of unusual biochemistry They found that a ... - Read More

Fetal exposure to PVC plastic chemical linked to obesity in offspring

Exposing pregnant mice to low doses of the chemical tributyltin which is used in marine hull paint and PVC plastic can lead to obesity for multiple generations without subsequent exposure a UC Irvine study has ... - Read More

Nanoparticles reach new peaks: Researchers show short laser pulses selectively heat gold nanoparticles

Nanoparticles
Plasmonic gold nanoparticles make pinpoint heating on demand possible Now Rice University researchers have found a way to selectively heat diverse nanoparticles that could advance their use in medicine and industry Share This See Also ... - Read More

DNA prefers to dive head first into nanopores

DNA, DNA, DNA, DNA, DNA, DNA
If you want to understand a novel it helps to start from the beginning rather than trying to pick up the plot from somewhere in the middle The same goes for analyzing a strand of ... - Read More

Engineering alternative fuel with cyanobacteria

Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids a precursor to liquid fuels but she has also found that the process cuts the bacteria's production ... - Read More

Death on a nanometer scale: Study measures holes antibacterials create in cell walls

Bacteria
The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria has initiated a quest for alternatives to conventional antibiotics One potential alternative is PlyC a potent enzyme that kills the bacteria that causes strep throat and streptococcal toxic shock ... - Read More

3-D mapping of lipid orientation in biological tissues such as skin

Lipid
A non invasive method that makes it possible to observe in situ how assemblies of lipids are oriented in biological tissues and which does not require any labeling or preparation has been developed by physicists ... - Read More
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