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Gel study uncovers unexpected dynamics

Research by scientists has revealed important new information about the dynamics of bacterial gels which could ultimately suggest new ways of helping prevent or better control diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2015

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Antimicrobial film for future implants

The implantation of medical devices is not without risks. Bacterial or fungal infections can occur and the body's strong immune response may lead to the rejection of the implant. Researchers have succeeded in creating a biofilm with antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2015

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New synthesis method imitates the way molecules were formed at the dawn of life on Earth

Scientists have developed a method for synthesising organic molecules very selectively, by assembling simple molecules and using an enzyme from E. coli , which acts as a biocatalyst. This is a significant step forward since it replicates the formation of carbohydrates in conditions resembling those that presumably initiated life on the Earth and because it allows relatively large organic molecules to be obtained very selectively and efficiently.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2015

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Building a biofuel-boosting Swiss Army knife

Researchers have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2015

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New protein manufacturing process unveiled

Researchers have developed a user-friendly technology to help scientists understand how proteins work and fix them when they are broken. Such knowledge could pave the way for new drugs for a myriad of diseases, including cancer.

Posted: Sep 10th, 2015

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