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'Corrective genes' closer thanks to enzyme modification

Scientists from the Universit de Montral and McGill University have re-engineered a human enzyme, a protein that accelerates chemical reactions within the human body, to become highly resistant to harmful agents such as chemotherapy, according to a new study published in The Journal of Biological...

Scientists closer to making implantable bone material, thanks to new research

Scientists are closer to understanding how to grow replacement bones with stem cell technology, thanks to research published today in the journal Nature Materials . Many scientists are currently trying to create bone-like materials, derived from stem cells, to implant into patients who have d...

Scientists closer to developing salt-tolerant crops

An international team of scientists has developed salt-tolerant plants using a new type of genetic modification (GM), bringing salt-tolerant cereal crops a step closer to reality. The research team based at the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus in Australia has used a new GM technique to ...

Study finds DNA barcoding requires caution without closer examination

The goal of DNA barcoding is to find a simple, cheap, and rapid DNA assay that can be converted to a readily accessible technical skill that bypasses the need to rely on highly trained taxonomic specialists for identifications of the world's biota. This is driven by a desire to open taxonomic iden...

'Green' chemicals closer to market

Rice University and Roquette Frres have signed a licensing deal to enable bio-based production of succinic acid, a substance used in plastics, textiles, drugs and solvents and as a food additive. Roquette Frres, one of the world's most advanced starch and starch-derivatives businesses, was intr...

Scientists a step closer to producing fuel from bacteria

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have shown how bacteria could be used as a future fuel. The research, published in the journal Bioinformatics, could have significant implications for the environment and the way we produce sustainable fuels in the future. Like all living creatures, b...

Footrot vaccine closer than ever

Monash University scientists have started clinical trials to find a successful vaccine against footrot in sheep. The trials have been made possible with funding of $663,000 from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) The trials over three years are taking place at Monash University's Australian R...

Bees disease -- 1 step closer to finding a cure

Scientists in Germany have discovered a new mechanism of infection for the most fatal bee disease. American Foulbrood (AFB) is the only infectious disease which can kill entire colonies of bees. Every year, this notifiable disease is causing considerable economic loss to beekeepers all over the wo...

Researchers move 2 steps closer to understanding genetic underpinnings of autism

Todays issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG), describes what might be a corner piece of the autism puzzlethe identification and subsequent validation of a gene linked to the development of autism by three separate groups of scientists. An accompanying commentary by Dr. Dietrich St...

Cheaper drugs now closer to realization with new DropArray technology

A standard laboratory tool for measuring pharmacological activity of biological substances and performing other related tests may soon be replaced by a new miniaturized bioassay that will be faster, cheaper and more efficient for scientists to use, with new technology developed by Singapores Insti...

UK scientists lead China closer to carbon capture and storage

Chinas CO 2 emissions from using coal are set to double by 2030, the scale of which is significant in the context of mitigating global climate change. In view of the essential role of coal in Chinas energy system, it is vital to minimise emissions where coal is used. The British Geological ...

Gene regulation in humans is closer than expected to simple organisms

Gene networks are some of the most basic features of a living organism. An external or internal stimulus activates some genes, which in turn control others genes whose activity turns on or off various biological processes (such as the cell cycle, energy production, DNA repair, cellular suicide etc...

Chlamydia vaccine a step closer to reality

Scientists at Queensland University of Technology are one step closer to developing a world-first vaccine to protect women against contracting the most common sexually-transmitted disease, Chlamydia. International vaccine company Sanofi-Pasteur has awarded QUT a funding boost of more than $300,00...

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...

Scientists one step closer to cancer vaccine

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have helped to identify a molecule that can be used as a vaccination agent against growing cancer tumours. Although the results are so far based on animal experiments, they point to new methods of treating metastases. The results are presented in the ...

Scientists a step closer to protecting world's most important crop

Fighting the fungus that wipes out rice - scientists a step closer to protecting world's most important crop Rice is the globe's most important crop but its production is constantly threatened by disease.Now scientists at the University of Exeter have shown for the first time, in a paper in the p...

Sperm stem cells closer to being like embryonic stem cells

New experiments that prevented rat sperm stem cells from changing permanently into sperm have brought researchers one step closer to coaxing such cells to behave like embryonic stem cells, capable of growing into many other types of cells in the body. Researchers at the Cecil H. and Ida Green Cen...

Stroke treatment a step closer after trial

A potential new treatment for stroke has taken a major step forward following promising results from the first clinical trial. Researchers at The University of Manchester have shown in laboratory studies that a naturally occurring protein called IL-1ra protects brain cells from injury and death. ...

Scientists closer to new cancer detection method

University of Florida researchers say they are a step closer to a technique to easily detect a wide variety of cancers before symptoms become apparent. The findings, currently online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involve introducing molecularly engineered strands of DNA ...

Proteomics brings researchers closer to understanding microbes that produce acid mine drainage

A pink, bacterial scum on the floor of an abandoned mine seems an unlikely place to study community development, but a biological breakthrough is allowing University of California, Berkeley, researchers to probe the give and take in this microbial mat. Last year, the UC Berkeley team joined with...

Researchers Closer To Helping Hearing-Impaired Using Stem Cells

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are several steps closer to the day when a profoundly deaf patient’s own bone marrow cells could be used to let him or her hear the world. The IU group, led by Eri Hashino, Ph.D., was able to transform, in the laboratory, stem cells taken from ...

Doctors closer to using gene analysis to help trauma patients

A genetic tool with the potential to identify which trauma and burn patients are most likely to become seriously ill has worked consistently in a wide range of experimental clinical settings ?an important hurdle to overcome before the method is routinely used in emergency rooms and intensive care u...

Chemicals in tattoo inks need closer scrutiny

As tattoos have grown in popularity, so have complaints of adverse side effects associated with both their application and removal. A new study, done by chemistry students at Northern Arizona University, looked at the chemical composition of a variety of tattoo inks to better understand their poten...

Climbing to new heights in the forest canopy

...orting structure; while in tendril-bearing plants, the tendrils coil around a support, and form a basipetal spring-like structure which draws the stem closer to its source of support. Root-climbers and other clinging climbers often adhere to a supporting structure through viscous secretions, allowing t...

delSECUR CORPORATION Announces Agreement to Purchase the Intellectual Property Assets of the Corporation

...ut further delay. It is time to bring the del-Id technology to the next level and to test its capabilities. With this new alliance we are much closer to that goal." delSECUR, a public company (Pink Sheets: DLSC) with its head office in S. Burlington, VT., is a technology development company ...

Stem cell research: From molecular physiology to therapeutic applications

...PS cells for clinical applications[5]. Stem cell research has made significant progress in the past decade. Some therapeutic applications are coming closer to being on the market, but it is still hard to predict if and when stem cell therapy will replace largely traditional therapeutics. Given the early i...

Smaller than expected, but severe, dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

...suring 3,000 square miles. However the dead zone, which is usually limited to water just above the sea floor, was severe where it did occur, extending closer to the water surface then in most years. Earlier this summer, NOAA-sponsored forecast models developed by R. Eugene Turner, Ph. D. of Louisiana St...

Disease threat may change how frogs mate

...would also shed further light on whether Ranavirus does indeed cause observable behavioural changes', she explains. Further research may also bring us closer to knowing if this new mating strategy could lead to wild frogs in the UK developing immunity to Ranavirus. ...

EPA grant to University of Chicago for research on food allergy triggers

...ction, and how to prevent them," said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development. "This study will bring us closer to identifying key immune factors that lead to food allergies, which affect approximately 3 million children in the United States." The University ...

Music is the engine of new U-M lab-on-a-chip device

...em is still external to the chip, but the researchers are working to make it smaller and incorporate it on a microfluidic device. That would be a step closer to a smartphone-sized home flu test. ...

Skin-like tissue developed from human embryonic stem cells

... can provide the multiple cell types needed to interact within a three-dimensional tissue model to generate complex, multilayer tissues. We are a step closer to a practical therapy to help with diseases of the skin and mouth," said Jonathan Garlick, DDS, PhD, professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology a...

Toxin detection as close as an inkjet printer

...This simple and cost-effective method of adhering biochemical reagents to paper is expected to bring the concept of bioactive paper a significant step closer to commercialization. The goal for bioactive paper is to provide a rapid, portable, disposable and inexpensive way of detecting harmful substances, i...

Systems biology recommended as a clinical approach to cancer

...cer treatments. "One of the goals of this paper is to show the potential benefits that can result from moving the use of systems biology techniques closer to the clinic," explained VBI Professor Reinhard Laubenbacher. "We believe this kind of shift is very possible. For example, mathematical models could...

World's largest ocean observatory takes shape

... Technology and Economic Development. "Today's beginning of the final phase of installing the world's first regional cabled ocean observatory moves us closer to the wide range of benefits NEPTUNE Canada will bring to our province, from fighting climate change to creating high-tech jobs." NEPTUNE Canada i...

'Normal' cells far from cancer give nanosignals of trouble

...s. When viewed using microscopy, all three cell types looked normal. PWS, however, detected a level of disorder in the cell architecture that was much closer to that of cancer cells than it was to normal cells. ...

Pitt team first to profile genes in acutely ill idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients

...en very little understanding of the molecular basis of this syndrome, but because of the dedication of our patients and their families, we are getting closer to some answers." For most patients, the lung-scarring disease progresses gradually and lung function slowly deteriorates. But there is neither a c...

Scientists are learning more about big birds from feathers

...dropped. In one study, DeWoody's team found that an area thought to have about 40 juvenile eagles living in it based on human observation actually had closer to 300. The work also helped researchers understand more about the roosting habits of some eagles that use a nest for months at a time versus other...

Desert rhubarb -- a self-irrigating plant

... plant's growth - in an area with an average annual rainfall of 75 mm - showed that the desert rhubarb is able to harvest quantities of water that are closer to that of Mediterranean plants, reaching up to 426 mm per year. This is 16 times the amount of water harvested by the small-leafed plants of the Nege...

New test can detect both genetic and chromosomal abnormalities in embryos

... Amsterdam, The Netherlands: One-step screening for both genetic and chromosomal abnormalities has come a stage closer as scientists announced that an embryo test they have been developing has successfully screened cells taken from spare embryos that were known to have...

Gene expression findings a step toward better classification and treatment of juvenile arthritis

...ntly have a positive ANA, than to the other subgroups of polyarticular JIA. Dr. Colbert says the new findings take pediatric rheumatologists a step closer to more precisely classifying JIA, and eventually developing individually tailored treatments that maximize the benefits, while minimizing the risks. ...
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