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From a cow's gut, a key to future biofuels

Scientists have made advances in unlocking the mystery of how to break down tough cellulose in plant matter by investigating Fibrobacter succinogenes S85, an anaerobic bacterium found in the rumen of cows and other herbivores.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2016

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A novel method for extending the life of implantable devices in situ

Researchers report on a novel biochemical method that enables the rapid and repeated regeneration of selected molecular constituents in situ after device implantation, which has the potential to substantially extend the lifetime of bioactive films without the need for device removal.

Posted: Apr 13th, 2016

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Plastic proteins: Synthetic material mimics essential characteristics of natural proteins

Researchers hoping to design new materials for energy uses have developed a system to make synthetic polymers with the versatility of nature's own polymers, the ubiquitous proteins. Based on an inexpensive industrial chemical, these synthetic polymers might one day be used to create materials with functions as limitless as proteins, which are involved in every facet of life.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2016

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Growing skin in the lab

Using reprogrammed iPS cells, scientists have successfully grown complex skin tissue - complete with hair follicles and sebaceous glands - in the laboratory.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2016

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