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Metal collector made of bacteria

Bacteria, fungi and plants sometimes produce metal-binding substances that can be harnessed, for example for the extraction of raw materials, for their separation, for cleaning soils or for medical purposes.

May 26th, 2020

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Light drives injection

By coupling a bacterial injection system with a light-controlled molecular switch, scientists are able to inject proteins into eukaryontic cells.

May 18th, 2020

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Better understanding of nature's nanomachines may help in design of future drugs

Many of the drugs and medicines that we rely on today are natural products taken from microbes like bacteria and fungi. Within these microbes, the drugs are made by tiny natural machines - mega-enzymes known as nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs). Researchers have gained a better understanding of the structures of NRPSs and the processes by which they work.

Apr 30th, 2020

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Skin that computes

Haptics researchers find that the biomechanics of the skin can perform useful tactile computations.

Apr 16th, 2020

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