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Treating arthritis with algae

When chemically modified, this 'alginate' reduces oxidative stress, has an anti-inflammatory effect in cell culture tests and suppresses the immune reaction against cartilage cells, thereby combating the causes of arthritis.

Aug 23rd, 2017

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Biophysics explains how immune cells kill bacteria

A new data analysis technique, moving subtrajectory analysis, defines the dynamics and kinetics of key molecules in the immune response to an infection. These biophysical descriptions are expected to clarify the TCR microcluster, an essential assembly for a T cell to initiate its attack on a pathogen.

Aug 21st, 2017

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A heart made of spider silk

Scientists have investigated whether an artificial silk protein developed in the laboratory could be suitable for engineering cardiac tissue.

Aug 17th, 2017

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Mercury is altering gene expression

By employing molecular biology tools, a team of researchers measured the way mercury affects the gene expression of algae, even when its concentration in water is very low, comparable to European environmental protection standards.

Aug 15th, 2017

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Cancer detection with sugar molecules

Scientists have synthesized a complex sugar molecule which specifically binds to the tumor protein Galectin-1. This could help to recognize tumors at an early stage and to combat them in a targeted manner.

Aug 14th, 2017

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Cellular transport routes

Biologists discovered a previously unknown function of the SH3P2 protein, which plays an important role in the cellular protein transport process.

Aug 10th, 2017

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