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Detecting bacteria in space

Scientists at Université de Montréal and McGill University have pioneered and tested a new genomic methodology which reveals a complex bacterial ecosystem at work on the International Space Station. Their study is published today in Environmental Microbiology. Until now, relatively little was known ...

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Experimental noninvasive tool monitors effectiveness of stem cell transplantation

Stem-cell based therapies to strengthen the heart muscle and treat other diseases are beginning to show promise in human clinical trials. However, other than observing clinical outcomes, lack of a repeatable, time-sensitive and noninvasive tool to assess the effectiveness of the transplanted cells w...

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Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels

Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting carbon dioxide into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess CO2 to store ...

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Dissolving protein traffic jam at the entrance of mitochondria

The research lab of the associate professor (Privatdozent) Dr. Thomas Becker at the University of Freiburg discovered a mechanism that solves blockades on the protein highway towards the powerhouse of the cell. Mitochondria produce the bulk of cellular energy and are therefore referred to as powerh...

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Lab Notebook learns to communicate with laboratory devices

labfolder GmbH, a electronic laboratory notebook (ELN, Electronic Lab Notebook) provider, and cubuslab GmbH, a provider of a manufacturer-independent platform for the digital integration of laboratory instruments, today announced their merger. The joint company will operate under the name Labforward...

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Bioinformatics platform for the genome-based taxonomical classification of bacteria and archaea

"TYGS is an automated high-throughput platform for state-of-the-art genome-based taxonomy", is the title of the paper published in the current issue of the internationally journal Nature Communications. In this paper, Dr. Jan P. Meier-Kolthoff and Ass. Prof. Dr. Markus Göker, both of the Department ...

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How molecular escorts help prevent cancer

The anti tumor protein p53 can decide on the life or death of a cell: If it detects damage in the cell's genome, the protein pushes the cell to suicide. New research conducted at Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows that this inborn cancer prevention only works when special proteins, known as ...

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Original kilogram replaced

In addition to Ampere, Kelvin, Mol and Co., the kilogram also is now defined by a natural constant. In concrete terms, this means that the original kilogram, which has been the measure of all things for 130 years, has now served its purpose in Paris. This is made possible by the single crystals grow...

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Thermo Fisher Scientific to Invest $50 Million to Expand Bioproduction Capabilities

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it is investing more than $50 million in its global bioproduction capabilities to provide additional capacity for manufacturing single-use bioprocess container (BPC) systems. Thermo Fisher's single-use technologies are used for critical, sterile liquid-ha...

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Jülich Research Center wins the first LABVOLUTION AWARD

At the Jülich Research Center (FZ Jülich), the study group "Bioprocesses and Bioanalytics" has developed new processes for the production of metabolites, intermediates and proteins with the aid of microbial systems. R&D projects in industrial biotechnology typically suffer from insufficient capacity...

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