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New protein encyclopeadia covers 20,325 human proteins

Speaking at the 10th anniversary conference of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in Berne, Switzerland, its director Professor Ron Appel described his institute as a 'Swiss success story'. He said that he was proud that as pioneers at the heart of science one of the SIB's 25 working groups was today able to announce the completion of the annotation of human proteins.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2008

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Polymer nanoparticles cloaked in plasma proteins

Polymer nanoparticles suspended in human blood become cloaked in plasma proteins, new research has shown. The composition of the protein cloak depends not only on the surface properties of the nanoparticle, but also, surprisingly, on its size.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2008

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MIT Materials Science and Engineering wins $19.2m NSF grant

Amid an increasingly challenging federal funding environment, MIT's Center for Materials Science and Engineering has won a six-year, $19.2 million National Science Foundation grant that will support research, K-12 educational outreach programs and vital shared experimental facilities.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2008

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Novel class of disposable protein/DNA biosensosrs is based on photonic crystals

Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a new class of disposable, microplate-based optical biosensors capable of detecting protein-DNA interactions. Based on the properties of photonic crystals, the biosensors are suitable for the rapid identification of inhibitors of protein-nucleic acid and protein-protein interactions.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2008

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