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Creating bionic enzymes

Scientists replace iron in muscle protein, combining the best aspects of chemical and biological catalysts for enhanced production of chemicals and fuels.

Feb 7th, 2017

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Origami of the cell

Cell biologists show that blocking a critical enzyme helps to mitigate diseases associated with protein folding and lipid stress.

Jan 31st, 2017

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A better way to farm algae

Researchers have developed a method that improves the growth of microalgae, which could have big implications for production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals.

Jan 30th, 2017

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More efficient vaccine production

Many vaccines contain viruses that are inactivated to prevent them from harming recipients. This is generally achieved by adding chemicals. Now scientists are taking a different approach, using low-energy-electrons to irradiate the pathogens. The advantages of this new method are that it produces no toxic waste and provides a faster and less aggressive way of rendering pathogens inactive.

Jan 18th, 2017

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How solvents affect the skin

Researchers have developed a method that makes it possible to see how individual molecules from solvents in skin creams, medicated ointments and cleaning products affect and interact with the skin's own molecules.

Jan 17th, 2017

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A step toward renewable diesel

Chemical engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel.

Jan 17th, 2017

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Protein research: the computer as microscope

Using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and computer simulation, researchers have gained new insights into the workings of protein switches. With high temporal and spatial resolution, they verified that a magnesium atom contributes significantly to switching the so-called G-proteins on and off.

Jan 16th, 2017

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