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Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants

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Photo: Madagascar periwinkle [14/04/2014] European scientists have made ground-breaking discoveries for improving the efficiency of the production of pharmaceuticals through plant biotechnology. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the chemical synthesis of rare and complex pharmaceutical compounds currently isolated from plants.Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants - Read more

Cells: A Step Forward in Adult Vertebrate Tissue Regeneration

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Photo: Zebrafish fin [01/04/2014] The reason why some animals can regenerate tissues after severe organ loss or amputation while others, such as humans, cannot renew some structures has always intrigued scientists. A research group from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC, Portugal) led by Joaquín Rodríguez León provided new clues to solve this central question.Cells: A Step Forward in Adult Vertebrate Tissue Regeneration - Read more

Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images

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Photo: Tracking result for virus particles [26/03/2014] In order to track the movements of biological particles in a cell, scientists at Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center have developed a powerful analysis method for live cell microscopy images. This so-called probabilistic particle tracking method is automatic, computer-based and can be used for time-resolved two- and three-dimensional microscopy image data. Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images - Read more

New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells

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Photo: Structure of the Dnmt3a DNA methyl transferase [25/03/2014] Tumour cells shut down certain genes in the course of the progressing degeneration or mutate these, a process that considerably accelerates the growth of the tumour. An important role is played by DNA methyl transferase (Dnmts). A research group at the Chair for Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart is investigating the influence of mutations in Dnmt3a, that are observed in many leukaemias.New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells - Read more

Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight

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Photo: Blue Roundworm [19/03/2014] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. Feeding this particular metabolite to the small roundworm C. elegans helps clear toxic protein aggregates in the body and extends life span. Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight - Read more

Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases

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Photo: Clock in the chest [19/03/2014] The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defense pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases - Read more

Genes: Key Heart-failure Culprit Discovered

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Photo: Heart muscle [14/03/2014] A team of cardiovascular researchers from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), the Cardiovascular Research Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of California, San Diego have identified a small but powerful new player in the onset and progression of heart failure.Genes: Key Heart-failure Culprit Discovered - Read more

Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth

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Photo: Cell growing [13/03/2014] The finding stems from a study performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NCSU) and Purdue University, and may have utility for developing future neural implants.Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth - Read more

Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test

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Photo: Droplets [28/02/2014] In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) have established and investigated for the first time a complex biochemical system. Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test - Read more

Tinnitus: Link between Loud Sounds and Hearing Loss

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Photo: Tinnitus [21/02/2014] University of Leicester research reveals why hearing loss is correlated with auditory signals failing to get transmitted along the auditory nerve. A research team investigating tinnitus has revealed new insights into the link between the exposure to loud sounds and hearing loss.Tinnitus: Link between Loud Sounds and Hearing Loss - Read more

 
 

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