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RNA on the move

In the fruit fly Drosophila, oskar mRNA, which is involved in defining the animal's body axes, is produced in the nuclei of nurse cells neighbouring the oocyte, and must be transported to the oocyte and along its entire length before being translated into protein. Scientists have now visualized the molecular mechanism that underlies this localisation process.

Posted: Nov 26th, 2009

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Fishing for active substances - new screening procedure

With a new screening method, based on a DNA-encoded substance collection, ETH researchers from the a group headed by Dario Neri, professor of bio-macromolecules at the Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, are attempting to revolutionise the search for potentially active substances for medicines.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2009

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Joint German-Arab energy research

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Sharjah (UOS) will cooperate in the future. Cooperation with the University of Sharjah will cover joint research projects to study urgent aspects of energy research, the focus being on renewable and sustainable energies.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2009

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Nanoparticles found in big name cosmetics

Testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found nanoparticles in foundations and concealers sold by big name brands, including Revlon, Clarins, Clinique, Max Factor, the Body Shop, L'Oreal, By Terry and Lancome Paris.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2009

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