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Pros and cons of genetic scissors

In combination with other methods, Crispr technology might one day render animal testing obsolete, according to the authors of a review article in “Trends in Cell Biology”. Crispr technology has greatly facilitated gene editing. Associate Professor Thorsten Müller from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Dr...

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Rescue for Sardines and Anchovies: Produce DHA through biotechnology using microalgae

Bioprocess engineers Anja Lemoine and Stefan Junne are researching substitutes for fishmeal and fish oil in aquacultures by fermenting waste into different acids and then feeding these to microalgae. While others stockpile food, Lemoine and Junne hoard leftovers in the fridges of the Chair of Biopro...

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Happy hour for time-resolved crystallography

Researchers from the Department of Atomically Resolved Dynamics of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg, the University of Hamburg and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) outstation in the city ...

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Scientists construct energy production unit for a synthetic cell

Scientists at the University of Groningen have constructed synthetic vesicles in which ATP, the main energy carrier in living cells, is produced. The vesicles use the ATP to maintain their volume and their ionic strength homeostasis. This metabolic network will eventually be used in the creation of ...

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New piece of Alzheimer's puzzle found

Two years after discovering a way to neutralize a rogue protein linked to Alzheimer's disease, University of Alberta Distinguished University Professor and neurologist Jack Jhamandas has found a new piece of the Alzheimer's puzzle, bringing him closer to a treatment for the disease. In a study publi...

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Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to deliver a promising anti-cancer agent to cells. Research led by Dr David Fairen-Jimenez, from the Cambridge Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, indicat...

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Chemistry-for-Healthcare Start-up secures seed investment

Belyntic, a Berlin-based chemistry-for-healthcare startup and developer of the Peptide Easy Clean (PEC) purification technology, has completed its seed financing round amounting to €1.3 million. The funding is led by the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB), with the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) also clim...

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Measuring ethanol’s deadly twin

ETH researchers have developed an inexpensive, handheld measuring device that can distinguish between methanol and potable alcohol. It offers a simple, quick method of detecting adulterated or contaminated alcoholic beverages and is able to diagnose methanol poisoning in exhaled breath. Methanol is ...

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Diet reveals hidden genetic associations

An international consortium of researchers, coordinated by the Lübeck Institute of Experimental Dermatology (Lübeck, Germany), made major advances in our understanding how genetics and diet impact on complex traits, such as body weight and disease susceptibility. Using a large cohort of outbred mice...

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Eco-friendly method for the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles

A team of scientists from Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and other collaborator have published an article about a new method for the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles. Today nanoparticles are used in various fields, from biomedicine to ...

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