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Scientists isolate new antifreeze molecule in Alaska beetle

Scientists have identified a novel antifreeze molecule in a freeze-tolerant Alaska beetle able to survive temperatures below minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike all previously described biological antifreezes that contain protein, this new molecule, called xylomannan, has little or no protein.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2009

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Nanobodies modifizieren die Form und Funktion von Proteinen

Binden Antikoerper des Immunsystems an Proteine, koennen sie deren Form - und damit auch die Funktion dieser Molekuele - veraendern. Einem LMU-Team gelang hier nun ein Durchbruch: Die Forscher konnten zeigen, dass unkonventionell kleine Antikoerper, die sogenannten Nanobodies, die Eigenschaften des Gruen Fluoreszierenden Proteins, kurz GFP, mit unerwarteter Praezision modifizieren.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2009

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Heart cells display a behavior-guiding 'nanosense' on new lab-on-a-chip

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers, working with colleagues in Korea, have produced a laboratory chip with nanoscopic grooves and ridges capable of growing cardiac tissue that more closely resembles natural heart muscle. Surprisingly, heart cells cultured in this way used a 'nanosense' to collect instructions for growth and function solely from the physical patterns on the nanotextured chip and did not require any special chemical cues to steer the tissue development in distinct ways.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2009

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New Centre for Molecular Epidemiology to put bacteria on the world map

In future, it will be possible to quickly analyse DNA from pathogenic bacteria via an online so-lution which at same time collects and shows information on species, strains and antimicrobial resistance on web-based world maps. This can contribute to reduce and prevent the global spread of contagious diseases. These are among the perspectives behind the Centre for Molecular Epidemiology which can now be established at Technical University of Denmark.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2009

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New nanotechnology association established to address 21st century natural resource and energy security challenges

Senior policymakers and experts in the defense and cleantech industries got a boost today with the announced formation of the NanoAssociation for Natural Resources and Energy Security (NANRES). NANRES is a trade organization designed to advance the research, development, and commercialization of innovative energy and environmental-specific nanotechnologies.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2009

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