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Marine alga from the Kiel Fjord discovered as a remedy against infections and skin cancer

Marine organisms and their microbial symbionts are invaluable sources of new medicines for human diseases. Natural products from the sea have four times higher potential to become medicines than any other natural or synthetic compound. But the discovery process is long, risky and costly. Using state...

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How ApoE4 endangers the brain

Apolipoprotein E4 is considered the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A group of researchers, led by MDC scientist Thomas Willnow, has now discovered how ApoE4 can damage the brain. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is kind of like a delivery service for the human brain. It supplies ...

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High-end Microscopy Refined

For the first time, two Würzburg research groups have been able to map the synaptonemal complex three-dimensionally with a resolution of 20 to 30 nanometres. The synaptonemal complex is a ladder-like cell structure that plays a major role in the development of egg and sperm cells in humans and othe...

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Why and how we age

Why do we age? What exactly is happening in our bodies? And can we do anything about it? Mankind has sought answers to these questions since time immemorial. While the pharmaceutical scientists Alexandra K. Kiemer and Jessica Hoppstädter from Saarland University are not claiming to have solved this ...

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Well shielded but highly active

Biomacromolecules incorporated into tailored metal–organic frameworks using peptide modulators are well shielded but highly active thanks to carefully tuned nanoarchitecture. As scientists report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, this strategy can be used to synthesize an “artificial cell” that func...

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Algae as living biocatalysts for a green industry

Many substances that we use every day only work in the right 3D structure. Natural enzymes could produce these in an environmentally friendly way – if they didn’t need a co-substrate that is expensive to produce to date. A research team at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has discovered exactly the nec...

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New method reveals how the Parkinson's disease protein damages cell membranes

In sufferers of Parkinson's disease, clumps of α-synuclein (alpha-synuclein), sometimes known as the 'Parkinson's protein', are found in the brain. These destroy cell membranes, eventually resulting in cell death. Now, a new method developed at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, reveals how ...

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Merck acquires a French company

Merck enhanced its advanced bioprocess portfolio through the acquisition of RESOLUTION Spectra Systems, a Meylan, France-based leader in bioprocess analytical monitoring. The company offers Raman spectroscopy analysis through its GMP-ready instrumentation and software. Financial details of the acqui...

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Pfizer and BioNTech Announce Early Positive Data from an Ongoing Phase 1/2 Study of mRNA-based Vaccine Candidate Against SARS-CoV-2

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced preliminary U.S. data from the most advanced of four investigational vaccine candidates from their BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine program, Project Lightspeed, against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the current global pandemic. The BNT162 program is evaluating at least...

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Dust mite allergens trigger inflammatory responses

A research team at MedUni Vienna, working in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has discovered how certain dust mite allergens activate a well-known inflammatory factor – serum amyloid A protein –and can thus “trim” the lung tissue “in the direction of allergy”. The scientis...

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