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An accessible approach to making a mini-brain

Researchers describe a relatively accessible method for making a working - though not thinking - sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive and easy-to-make 3-D testbed for biomedical research.

Oct 1st, 2015

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Tweaking proteins with 'Tub-tag'

Researchers have developed a rapid and efficient technique for targeted chemoenzymatic functionalization of proteins. The new method has a wide range of potential therapeutic applications.

Sep 28th, 2015

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Gel study uncovers unexpected dynamics

Research by scientists has revealed important new information about the dynamics of bacterial gels which could ultimately suggest new ways of helping prevent or better control diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

Sep 24th, 2015

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Antimicrobial film for future implants

The implantation of medical devices is not without risks. Bacterial or fungal infections can occur and the body's strong immune response may lead to the rejection of the implant. Researchers have succeeded in creating a biofilm with antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Sep 23rd, 2015

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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.

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.

Sep 21st, 2015

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