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Molecular motor: Four states of rotation

With the help of ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations, researchers have characterized the complete rotational cycle of the light-driven, chemical motor molecule hemithioindigo.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2018

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Cancer drug observed at work

Using a Raman microscope, researchers have studied at which targets the cancer drug Neratinib binds in cells and how its chemical structure changes. Compared with other techniques, this method offers a considerable advantage, as it is not necessary to apply a label to the drug that would indicate its distribution indirectly; rather, the drug itself can be monitored.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2018

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Engineering a plastic-eating enzyme

Scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world?s biggest environmental problems.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2018

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Sensor strategy a boon for synthetic biology

Synthetic biologists have introduced a new technique to dial up or down the sensitivity of two-component systems - a class of proteins that bacteria use to sense a wide variety of stimuli.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2018

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