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'Smart' insulin molecule massively reduces insulin-related cancer risk

Zinc stapling of insulin exemplifies a general strategy to modify the pharmacokinetic and biological properties of a subcutaneous protein depot. The engineering of novel lattice contacts in protein crystals can enable control of supramolecular assembly as a therapeutic protein nanotechnology.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2010

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Scientists create 'molecular paper' just two molecules thick

Berkeley Lab scientists have made the largest two-dimensional polymer crystal self-assembled in water to date. This entirely new material mirrors the structural complexity of biological systems with the durable architecture needed for membranes or integration into functional devices.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2010

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Size affects structure of hollow nanoparticles

A new study from North Carolina State University shows that size plays a key role in determining the structure of certain hollow nanoparticles. The researchers focused on nickel nanoparticles, which have interesting magnetic and catalytic properties that may have applications in fields as diverse as energy production and nanoelectronics.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2010

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Mutations directly identifiable in active genes

Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a new method for identifying genetic variation, including mutations, in active genes. Hopes are strong that the method represents an important research tool that will lead to the development of new diagnostic tests.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2010

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Inaugural prize awarded for outstanding AFM research in surface science

At the German Physical Society's annual Spring meeting the organization's Surface Science division selected Dr. Leo Gross, IBM Research - Zurich, for the Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award, a new scientific prize created and supported by Surface Science, a journal of Reed Elsevier. Gross was selected as the prize recipient for his work on charge measurement of atoms and atomic resolution of molecules with noncontact atomic force microscopy.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2010

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Using fullerenes as a 'cushion' for nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are recognized as promising building blocks for future applications, however their fixation on surfaces or in a matrix is everything else than a simple task. Now physicists observed that a double layer of spherical C60 carbon-molecules, called fullerenes, is an ideal substrate for these microscopic particles.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2010

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Researchers harness virus to split water

A team of MIT researchers has found a novel way to mimic the process by which plants use the power of sunlight to split water and make chemical fuel to power their growth. In this case, the team used a modified virus as a kind of biological scaffold that can assemble the nanoscale components needed to split a water molecule into hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2010

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