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Plastic proteins: Synthetic material mimics essential characteristics of natural proteins

Researchers hoping to design new materials for energy uses have developed a system to make synthetic polymers with the versatility of nature's own polymers, the ubiquitous proteins. Based on an inexpensive industrial chemical, these synthetic polymers might one day be used to create materials with functions as limitless as proteins, which are involved in every facet of life.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2016

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Growing skin in the lab

Using reprogrammed iPS cells, scientists have successfully grown complex skin tissue - complete with hair follicles and sebaceous glands - in the laboratory.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2016

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Perfecting a viral pack mule

In a new study, researchers report that, based on its structure, a hollowed-out version of CPMV could also be effective in human therapies.

Posted: Mar 29th, 2016

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Unlocking the secrets of gene expression

Using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), scientists have made a significant breakthrough in our understanding of how our molecular machinery finds the right DNA to copy, showing with unprecedented detail the role of a powerhouse transcription factor known as TFIID.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2016

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Sidling up to natural killers

A technique to generate antibodies that can help strengthen natural immune responses to cancer and leukemia has been developed.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2016

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3-D technology enriches human nerve cells for transplant to brain

Scientists have developed a 3D micro-scaffold technology that promotes reprogramming of stem cells into neurons, and supports growth of neuronal connections capable of transmitting electrical signals. The injection of these networks of functioning human neural cells - compared to injecting individual cells - dramatically improved their survival following transplantation into mouse brains.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2016

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