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Environmental factors could explain when pollen proteins become allergens

The reason why many people are allergic to birch pollen has not been fully clarified yet. It is known that a specific birch pollen protein causes the immune system to overreact. What makes it an allergen has now been discovered by scientists at the Vetmeduni Vienna. The pollen protein can bind iron. Without iron load the protein becomes an allergen. Environmental factors are possibly the reason for low iron loads in plants.

Posted: Jun 5th, 2014

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Smart application of surfactants gives sustainable agriculture

Researchers have investigated the interaction between the plant's barrier, plant protection products and adjuvants that are added to increase the effect of the plant protection product. The results of this research can be applied to minimise the use of plant protection products in agriculture.

Posted: Jun 5th, 2014

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How the environment and genetics impact our DNA

The impact of the environment on our genetic makeup has long been a topic of discussion among researchers. Now a European consortium (EURATRANS) has taken the opposite approach. The scientists have investigated for the first time to what extent specific genetic predispositions influence the processes of gene regulation.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2014

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For the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take key step toward development

The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells to take the first step to specialization for the first time in a laboratory. Researchers demonstrated that not only is it possible for mouse embryonic stem cells to form three distinct germ layers in the lab, but also that it requires correct timing, chemical factors and mechanical environment.

Posted: May 30th, 2014

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'DNAApp' allows DNA analysis on smartphones

Researchers have developed the first mobile application for Android phones that analyses ab1 DNA sequencing files, which enables science professionals and amateur enthusiasts to engage in scientific analysis on the go, from the convenience of their mobile phones.

Posted: May 29th, 2014

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Filling in the gaps on the protein map

Substantial progress has been made in decoding the human proteome. Researchers have now mapped more than 18,000 human proteins - 92 percent of the entire proteome.

Posted: May 28th, 2014

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