Unable to move and facing starvation, bacteria evolved a new way to activate their flagellum - a rotating tail-like structure which acts like an outboard motor - by patching together a new genetic switch with borrowed parts.
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A team of scientists has succeeded in generating mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering. The scientists grew a leg muscle starting from engineered cells cultured in a dish to produce a graft. The subsequent graft was implanted close to a normal, contracting skeletal muscle where the new muscle was nurtured and grown.
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of plant biomass as a basic feedstock for the chemical industry.
Researchers present an entirely new approach to tissue engineering that uses the interfacial forces between aqueous solutions of phase-separating polymers to confine cells and promote their assembly into interconnected, macroscopic tissue constructs. This simple and inexpensive general procedure creates free-standing, centimeter-scale constructs from cell suspensions in as little as 2 hours.
Benzodiazepine's introduction into clinical revolutionized the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Now, a research group of experts in preliminary drug discovery, has developed a succinct and efficient multicomponent-assisted synthetic methodology assembling unexplored benzodiazepine collections, thus, enabling to examine new areas of biological applications.
The first comprehensive computer model to simulate the development of blood cells could help in the development of new treatments for leukaemia and lymphoma, say researchers at the University of Cambridge and Microsoft Research.