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New synthesis method imitates the way molecules were formed at the dawn of life on Earth

Scientists have developed a method for synthesising organic molecules very selectively, by assembling simple molecules and using an enzyme from E. coli , which acts as a biocatalyst. This is a significant step forward since it replicates the formation of carbohydrates in conditions resembling those that presumably initiated life on the Earth and because it allows relatively large organic molecules to be obtained very selectively and efficiently.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2015

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Building a biofuel-boosting Swiss Army knife

Researchers have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2015

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New protein manufacturing process unveiled

Researchers have developed a user-friendly technology to help scientists understand how proteins work and fix them when they are broken. Such knowledge could pave the way for new drugs for a myriad of diseases, including cancer.

Posted: Sep 10th, 2015

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Silk bio-ink could help advance tissue engineering with 3-D printers

Advances in 3-D printing have led to new ways to make bone and some other relatively simple body parts that can be implanted in patients. But finding an ideal bio-ink has stalled progress toward printing more complex tissues with versatile functions. Now scientists have developed a silk-based ink that could open up new possibilities toward that goal.

Posted: Sep 2nd, 2015

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