Biotechnology News – Latest Headlines

RSS Subscribe to our Biotechnology News feed

A new molecule for high-resolution cell imaging

Cells have their own tiny skeletons that are responsible for many important cellular functions. Scientists have developed novel fluorescent probes for imaging these important structures easily and with unprecedented resolution.

May 25th, 2014

Read more

Microparticles as a protein trap (w/video)

Most medicines sold today are produced biotechnologically. A new cleaning method developed at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) combines five purification steps and extremely facilitates the workup process. These microparticles technology is already used at Boehringer Ingelheim.

May 20th, 2014

Read more

Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems

Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk - this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially attach tendons to bones or bind fractures.

May 16th, 2014

Read more

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings

The mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special polymer layer allowing joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Scientists have developed a new process that technologically imitates biological lubrication and even improves it using two different types of polymers.

May 14th, 2014

Read more

New technology simplifies production of biotech medicines

The final step in the production of a biotech medicine is finishing with the correct sugar structure. This step is essential for the efficacy of the medicine, but it also makes the production process very complex and expensive. Now, researchers have developed a technology that shortens the sugar structures whilst retaining the therapeutic efficiency. This technology has the potential to make the production of biotech medicines significantly simpler and cheaper.

May 14th, 2014

Read more

Enzyme 3D map could lead to more effective drugs (w/video)

Researchers have completed a 3-D map of an enzyme called Proline utilization A (PutA). PutA facilitates metabolism by adding oxygen to molecules. Mapping this enzyme will give researchers a better understanding of its function, which could help drug manufacturers create more effective drugs.

May 13th, 2014

Read more

How does nanotechnology work?