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Research team documents design of wood-based polymers

Researchers recently demonstrated the design of softwood lignin-based polymers with potential application as alternatives to petroleum-based polystyrene. These softwood materials can be obtained from sources such as pine, cedar, spruce, and cypress trees.

Posted: Mar 8th, 2016

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Making better enzymes and protein drugs

Researchers have shown that there is an anti-correlation between the number of aggregation prone regions (APRs) in a protein?s sequence and its solubility, suggesting that mutational suppression of APRs could provide a simple strategy to increase protein solubility.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2016

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Mammalian fertilization, caught on tape

Using a new microfluidic device called the 'IVF chip', scientists obtain the first images with both high spatial and temporal resolution of the initial steps of fertilization.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2016

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