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Spongy material helps repair the spine (w/video)

Remember those colorful 'grow capsules' that blossom into animal-shaped sponges in water? Using a similar idea, scientists have developed biodegradable polymer grafts that, when surgically placed in damaged vertebrae, should grow to be just the right size and shape to fix the spinal column.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2016

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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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