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Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on the trend toward predictive toxicogenomics

New Rochelle, NY, November 19, 2008Biotech scientists increasingly are applying genomics technologies to toxicology research to better understand the effects of novel drug candidates on a variety of organ systems, reports Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News ( GEN ). They are especially inte...

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on growing role of molecular diagnostics

New Rochelle, NY, October 3, 2008Novel platform technologies and key advances in genomics are rapidly driving the development of molecular diagnostics, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN). The payoff for successful molecular diagnostic products can be significant as Kalorama...

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on novel hit-to-lead drug discovery

New Rochelle, NY, July 8, 2008Biotech and pharmaceutical firms are developing a host of new technologies designed to streamline the complicated drug discovery process, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News ( GEN ). Most successful approaches rely on a combination of high-throughput ...

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on growing use of cell-based assays

New Rochelle, NY, April 16, 2008Biotech and pharma companies are increasingly relying on cell-based assays in early drug discovery work, reports Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). The technique can provide a quick and lower cost means of testing drug candidates for toxic effects, acco...

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on cancer biomarkers

New Rochelle, NY, April 1, 2008Biotechnology companies are focusing on the development of novel biomarkers to overcome the limitations of current diagnostic tests for cancer, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN). To effectively move cancer therapy forward, a much stronger and t...

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on advances in miRNA

New Rochelle, NY, February 29, 2008 miRNA research is now one of the most interesting areas in the life science world, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN). Scientists around the globe are studying the effects of over- or underexpression of specific miRNAs on the development a...

Workshops on biotechnology and water for science journalists

There are still some places available on two international workshops for science journalists that the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) is organizing at the start of 2008. The topics are 'biotechnology for sustainability' and 'drinking water and sanitary engineering'. The two worksh...

Anti-biotech groups obstruct forest biotechnology

CORVALLIS, Ore. The potential of forest biotechnology to help address significant social and environmental issues is being "strangled at birth" by the rigid opposition of some groups and regulations that effectively preclude even the testing of genetically modified trees, scientists argue in a ne...

Developing uses for sugar-cane bagasse: Biotechnology applied to the paper industry

The principal raw material used for manufacturing paper pulp is wood. However, growing demand in the paper industry, at a time of dwindling forest resources, have compelled the sector to turn to other sources of raw materials, such as cereal straw, reeds, bamboo or sugar-cane bagasse. This resid...

UC Davis researchers move biotechnology closer to replacing electronic pacemakers

UC Davis researchers have successfully used a custom designed protein and gene delivery system to restore normal heart rhythms in pigs with electronic pacemakers, reducing their dependence on implanted devices. This work suggests that scientists are one step closer to making bioengineering a realit...

Earth Rx: A microbial biotechnology prescription for global environmental health

Water. Waste. Energy. This trio of problems is among the greatest challenges to the environmental health of society. Water purification alone is becoming more problematic in the world due to our increasingly reliance on contaminated sources, such as polluted rivers, lakes and groundwater. "Al...

Open Source Biotechnology alliance for international agriculture

CAMBIA & IRRI (The International Rice Research Institute) today announced a majorjoint venture to advance the BiOS Initiative - a new strategy that will galvanize agricultural research focused on poverty alleviation and hunger reduction. The ventureis catalyzed by a 2.55M USD grant to CAMBIA fr...

The BIOS Initiative - open source biotechnology is born

Althought we covered it partially this week , this initiative is so important that it deserve another, more complete description. In a publication today in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, a team at CAMBIA in Canberra unveils the 'kernel' of the world's first 'explicit open source'...

Marine microbes creating green waves in industry

...td are searching for new enzymes for use as manufacturing tools in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. The research project, funded by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), uses biochemical techniques to identify potentially useful e...

Neuropathic pain: The sea provides a new hope of relief

...e in a research study searching for novel compounds that have potential for use in pain relief. Dr Wen and colleagues work at the Department of Marine biotechnology and Resources, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan. Although the chemical they studied, capnellene, was originally isolated in 1974, it is only...

Reprogramming human cells without inserting genes

...ation," said Raymond Page, PhD, research assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at WPI and lead author on the paper. "Having these proteins localize to the...expected," said Tanja Dominko, DVM, PhD, associate professor of biology and biotechnology at WPI and president of CellThera. "Not only does this data force us to ret...

Researchers team up to provide new hope for childhood hunger

...on. The GHA will also explore improvements in additional staple crops, including sorghum and a legume such as cowpea or peanuts. "Recent advances in biotechnology now make it possible to fortify the timeless staple crops of the subsistence farmer with substantially more macronutrients, such as protein, vitamins ...

UC San Diego's $3 million NSF grant to fund science festivals

...ience-related education and career. A fitting location, San Diego is at the forefront of scientific research and development, and home to many leading biotechnology and technology corporations Dates for the 2010 San Diego Science Festival, organized by UC San Diego with the support of community collaborators, w...

Newly discovered gene fusion may lead to improved prostate cancer diagnosis

..., or enlarged prostate disease that exhibits similar symptoms to prostate cancer, in order to provide effective care, explains Dr. Rubin. Gen-Probe, a biotechnology diagnostics company, has licensed this technology and is currently working with Dr. Rubin, and his collaborator Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan at the University ...

University of Minnesota research leads to new technology to protect human health

...Sadowsky, members of the University of Minnesota's biotechnology Institute, developed an enzyme that is used in Bio...elamine in seafood and meat. Researchers at the biotechnology Institute (BTI) developed the enzyme, melamine dea...of Biological Sciences and interim director of the biotechnology Institute. Melamine was originally used to mak...

UK bioscience sparkles with new Diamond fellowship

... UK bioscience has received a major boost following the announcement of 16 new fellowships by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) including the first ever Diamond Fellowship, so named because the post will be based at the new Resea...

Mystery E. coli genes essential for survival of many species

...and extensively studied organisms in the world remains an enigma that may hold the key to human diseases, such as cancer. The team, funded by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and based at the University of Dundee has examined the genome sequence of this workhorse of the labor...

Happier, healthier, more productive hens on omega-3?

... has been awarded to Dr John Tarlton of the University of Bristol's Matrix Biology Research Group in the School of Clinical Veterinary Sciences by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and industrial partner, Noble Foods, the UK's leading egg production company. The three-year researc...

New technique can fast-track better ionic liquids for biomass pre-treatments

...valuating other ionic liquids to discover the optimal combination of cost and performance." The results of this study were reported in the journal biotechnology and Bioengeering in a paper entitled: "Visualization of Biomass Solubilization and Cellulose Regeneration During Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Switchg...

Exploring standards to advance microbial genomics

... also institute shared standards for genomic data collection and analysis. In a perspective piece published in the July issue of the journal Nature biotechnology , Kyrpides reflects on the role of microbial studies in the genomics revolution of the past decade, and considers the factors that have hindered the a...

Canadian researchers set to study impact of nanomaterials on aquatic ecosystems

...development of tools and impact assessment methods to the collaboration," said Geoffrey Sunahara, leader of the Applied Ecotoxicology Group at the NRC biotechnology Research Institute and project co-leader. "This expertise complements the wide-ranging research experience of our academic and private-sector collabor...

New national genome center launched

...TGAC will underpin these advances as well as making a significant contribution to economic development. TGAC has been established in Norwich by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in partnership with regional economic development partners The East of England Development Agency (E...

Ben-Gurion U. researchers reveal connection between cancer and human evolution

...uding cancer. The findings were recently the cover story in the journal Genome Research . The team of researchers from BGU's National Institute for biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) set out to look for mutations in the genome of the mitochondria, a part of every cell responsible for energy production that is pa...

Biological warfare in bacteria offers hope for new antibiotics

...hich could hold the key to developing new types of antibiotics. Researchers from the Universities of York and Leeds have been awarded 3.3m from the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to find out how a family of proteins known as colicins force their way into bacterial cells before de...

New e-science service could accelerate cancer research

...tevens from The University of Manchester and Eric Nzuobontane, Hamish McWilliam and Thomas Laurent from EMBL EBI. The project is been funded by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). ...

New biomarker method could increase the number of diagnostic tests for cancer

...omic Technology Assessment for Cancer (CPTAC) study, which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) appear online June 28, 2009, in Nature biotechnology . From UCSF, the co-authors include Susan J. Fisher, PhD, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Facul...

Kelvin Lee winner of Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award

...niversity of Delaware and Director of the Delaware biotechnology Institute, is the winner of the Biochemical Engin...eering from Caltech. He spent several years in the biotechnology Institute at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland and al...Engineering, Director of the Cornell Institute for biotechnology and Director of the New York State Center for Life...

Working to conserve endangered 'Playboy' bunnies

...es are less likely to be disturbed. The project was a perfect thesis subject for Tursi, who earned a degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and biotechnology from Florida Atlantic University before enrolling at UCF. "Nature and conservation of wildlife have always been my passion, and I wanted to use my ...

CWRU receives $5 million from Ohio Third Frontier Commission

... Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine. "We have linked corporate partners to our major projects and have been gratified by the development of a stem cell biotechnology commercial landscape in our region. Our goal is to rapidly move stem cell research from the lab to patients through clinical trials, using our strong ...

New nanoparticles could revolutionize therapeutic drug discovery

... A revolutionary new protein stabilisation technique has been developed by scientists funded by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which could lead to 30 per cent more proteins being available as potential targets for drug developme...

GEN reports on alternative feedstocks for ethanol production

...s for petrochemical fuels that will be cost-competitive and renewable while having a minimal impact on the environment, reports Genetic Engineering & biotechnology News (GEN). A consensus is emerging that no one technology will reign supreme and that a range of current and novel methodologies will contribute to ...

7th annual [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference 'Molecular Evolution' June 18-19, 2009

..., general models of evolutionary processes to describe genomic and phenomic evolution. Dr. Koonin is a Senior Investigator for the National Center for biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is active in Computational Biology and Genomics at NCBI since 1991. He is also edito...

Common fish species has 'human' ability to learn

...om it against their personal experience has not been shown before in animals, say the scientists. The team of researchers, which was funded by the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, suggests that in the case of the nine-spined stickleback it is likely to be a case of 'needs must' as the an...

Amarna Therapeutics B.V. and TNO announce SVac research and development partnership

... Leiden, The Netherlands, June 09, 2009 / b3c newswire / - Dutch biotechnology company Amarna Therapeutics B.V. and the Netherlands Organisation for Appli...s at TNO. About Amarna Therapeutics Amarna Therapeutics B.V. is a biotechnology company that develops therapeutic vaccinations to treat immunity-associated...

Natural seed treatment could drastically cut pesticide use

... Paul. The Lancaster team now want to take their research further. They are investigating its value in disease control and further funding from the biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council will allow the researchers to explore exactly how jasmonic acid works its magic on plant seeds. ...
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