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Biophysicists zoom in on pore-forming toxin

A new study by Rice University biophysicists offers the most comprehensive picture yet of the molecular-level action of melittin, the principal toxin in bee venom. The research could aid in the development of new drugs that use a similar mechanism as melittin's to attack cancer and bacteria.

Posted: Aug 18th, 2013

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Evolution of hyperswarming bacteria could develop anti-biofilm therapies

Hyperswarming, pathogenic bacteria have repeatedly evolved in a lab, and the good news is that they should be less of a problem to us than their less mobile kin. That's because those hyperswarmers, adorned with multiple whipping flagella, are also much worse at sticking together on surfaces in hard-to-treat biofilms. They might even help us figure out a way to develop anti-biofilm therapies for use in people with cystic fibrosis or other conditions.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2013

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Computer model predicts red blood cell flow

Researchers have now created the first simplified computer model of the process that forms the Fahraeus-Lindqvist layer in our blood -- a model that could help to improve the design of artificial platelets and medical treatments for trauma injuries and for blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia and malaria.

Posted: Aug 13th, 2013

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Proteins hoist the anchor

Researchers have for the first time successfully reproduced the recycling process of proteins regulating cellular transport in a biophysical experiment.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2013

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