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Ultrafast technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology

University of Chicago researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis and may enable fundamentally new routes to creating solar-energy technologies. Engineering quantum effects into synthetic light-harvesting devices is not only possible, but also easier than anyone expected, the researchers report.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2013

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Cell reprogramming to cure leukaemia and lymphoma

Scientists at the Centre for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) at the University of Navarre and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona have reprogrammed lymphfoma and leukaemia cells in such a way that they are no longer malignant. The resulting cells maintain their new condition of benign cells even when they are not being treated and reduce the possibilities of generating new tumours.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Firefly BioWorks awards $120K in grants for microRNA Rresearch

Firefly BioWorks announced today the awarding of $120,000 in twelve research grants to scientists working to expand the frontiers of microRNA research. The Firefly Frontiers Grant is designed for scientists looking to profile large numbers of samples over multiple microRNA targets.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Decoding the structure of bone

MIT researchers decipher the molecular basis of bone's remarkable strength and resiliency; work could lead to new treatments and materials.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Moving cells with light holds medical promise

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown they can coax cells to move toward a beam of light. The feat is a first step toward manipulating cells to control insulin secretion or heart rate using light.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2013

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Researchers engineer 'protein switch' to dissect role of cancer's key players

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have 'rationally rewired' some of the cell's smallest components to create proteins that can be switched on or off by command. These 'protein switches' can be used to interrogate the inner workings of each cell, helping scientists uncover the molecular mechanisms of human health and disease.

Posted: Apr 10th, 2013

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