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Enhancing the workhorse: Artificial intelligence, hardware innovations boost confocal microscope's performance

To push confocal imaging to an unprecedented level of performance, researchers have invented a 'kitchen sink' confocal platform that borrows solutions from other high-powered imaging systems, adds a unifying thread of Deep Learning artificial intelligence algorithms, and successfully improves the confocal's volumetric resolution by more than 10-fold while simultaneously reducing phototoxicity.

Nov 24th, 2021

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Artificial intelligence successfully predicts protein interactions

The study identified more than 100 probable protein complexes for the first time and provided structural models for more than 700 previously uncharacterized ones. Insights into the ways pairs or groups of proteins fit together to carry out cellular processes could lead to a wealth of new drug targets.

Nov 17th, 2021

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Synthetic biology yields easy-to-use underwater adhesives

Scientists have developed a method that uses engineered microbes to produce the necessary ingredients for a biocompatible adhesive hydrogel that is as strong as spider silk and as adhesive as mussel foot protein (Mfp), which means it can stick to a myriad.

Nov 16th, 2021

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AI helps design the perfect chickpea

A massive international research effort has led to development of a genetic model for the 'ultimate' chickpea, with the potential to lift crop yields by up to 12 per cent.

Nov 12th, 2021

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Study encourages cautious approach to CRISPR therapeutics

A comprehensive study has shown that gene editing, specifically gene knockout (KO), with CRISPR-Cas9 can favor cells with mutated forms of genes linked to cancer. The findings highlight the need to monitor patients undergoing CRISPR-Cas9-based gene therapy for cancer-related mutations.

Nov 11th, 2021

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Teaching fungi how to write

Spalted wood is a highly sought-after material in the high-end furniture industry. In a newly developed process, scientists have succeeded at controlling the spread of fungi in native wood types to create elaborate marblewood pictures - and even taught the fungi to write some words.

Nov 11th, 2021

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Stem cells from the bioreactor

With the aid of artificial stem cells, it will soon be possible to establish new treatments for previously incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are developing a process for the mass production of these so called induced pluripotent stem cells.

Nov 3rd, 2021

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