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Better beer: College team creating anticancer brew

College students often spend their free time thinking about beer, but a group of Rice University students are taking it to the next level. They're using genetic engineering to create beer that contains resveratrol, a chemical in wine that's been shown to reduce cancer and heart disease in lab anim...

A breath mint made from... coffee?

...lesson we learned here is one of humility," says Prof. Rosenberg. "We expected coffee would cause bad breath, but there is something inside this magic brew that has the opposite effect." Prof. Rosenberg would love to isolate the bacterial-inhibiting molecule in order to reap the biggest anti-bacterial...

CU-Boulder study shows Maya intensively cultivated manioc 1,400 years ago

...r making tamales and tortillas and as a thickening agent for stews, he said. Since indigenous peoples in tropical South America use manioc today to brew alcoholic beverages, including beer, the CU-Boulder team will be testing ceramic vessels recovered from various structures at Ceren for traces of mani...

Breaking the ties that bind: New hope for biomass fuels

...losic biomass, the inedible fibrous material derived from plant cell walls. The material is a potentially abundant source of sugar that can be used to brew batches of methanol or butanol, which show potential as biofuels. Cellulose is biosynthesized in plant cells when molecules of glucosea simple suga...

Great Lake's sinkholes host exotic ecosystems

...m beneath this fresh inland sea, striving to understand how long ago the minerals were deposited that are now entering the lake and how fast the salty brew containing them is arriving. The scientists also plan to chart transitions from light, oxygen-rich, fresh water near the lake's surface to dark, anoxi...

Huntington's disease: catching it early

...ments is thought to be partly due to a destructive immune response in the brain. The current study now shows that this inflammatory response starts to brew elsewhere in the body long before it inflicts brain damage. The British group found high levels of an inflammation-causing protein called IL-6 in ...

Montana State University researchers map iron transport protein

...e closely resembles a pile of bricks. Its kind of a black art really more than a science, Lawrence said. You cant always predict the kind of witchs brew that needs to be around to get it to crystallize. He said only a handful of labs in the country are crystallizing iron transport proteins like Stea...

Waterborne carbon increases threat of environmental mercury

...al Survey, UW-Madison, the University of Colorado and Chapman University chose to look at the role of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), a richly colored brew created as plants and other organic materials decay into a soup of proteins, acids and other compounds. DOC can tint wetlands and streams shades of ye...

Microbial fuel cells turn on the juice

... The combination of beer, wastewater, microbes, fuel cells, high school students and teachers sounds like a witches brew for an old fashioned, illicit 60s beach party. Instead, these are the components that comprise the heart and soul of a new high school scienc...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Aug. 15, 2007

... ARTICLE #9 EMBARGOED FOR: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time Source of coffees bitterness identified; could lead to better tasting brew Bitter taste can ruin a cup of coffee. Now, chemists in Germany and the United States say they have identified the chemicals largely responsible f...

Ocean seep mollusks may share evolutionary history with other deep-sea creatures

... vents, fissures in the ocean floor where water is superheated by magma lurking just below the crust. Although seep and vent fluids are a poisonous brew for most species, animals such as giant tube worms and the mollusks studied by Kiel and Little thrive with the help of the symbiotic bacteria. "If you...

The biggest bug in gut discomfort

...jejuni down the host cell’s endocytic pathway. Much of the cell’s incoming traffic is usually routed to compartments called lysosomes, where an acidic brew of hydrolase enzymes chews it up. By monitoring endosomal marker proteins, the researchers could watch as C. jejuni infected a host cell, and was brie...

Teasing out tissue from blood

...wth factors can then turn the stem cells into a range of cell types. Moreover, Pharmafrontiers says it is about to submit a patent application on a brew that turns the monocytes into pancreatic islet-like cells that produce insulin in response to high levels of glucose. "We now want to transplant these...

Stanford snake venom study shows that certain cells may eliminate poison

...eating or chills, with numbness, nausea, blurred vision and possibly convulsions before it's all over. Such misery is produced by a veritable witches' brew of toxins in snake venom. It's long been thought that the body's own immune system, rather than reducing the symptoms, may make things worse. But n...

Katrina floodwaters not as toxic to humans as previously thought, study says

... Some experts had predicted that the floodwaters from Katrina could potentially destroy chemical plants and refineries in the area, releasing a deadly brew containing toxic levels of benzene, hydrochloric acid and chlorine. Instead, high levels of bacteria and viruses were the biggest human threat, not ex...

Natural Killers Could Lead to New Hepatitis Treatments

... liver. The liver detoxifies and removes waste products from the blood. Inside the liver, vascular passages, or “sinusoids,?are filled with a witches' brew of nutrients, toxins, proteins, lipids and other chemicals. Thus, immune guardians that patrol the liver must tolerate many foreign molecules, yet res...

Spider Venom Could Yield Eco-Friendly Insecticides

... five years in captivity, a small group of these spiders yields plenty of toxins for King's chemical analysis. Funnel-web spider venom is a complex brew of more than 100 chemical compounds, most of which are toxic to insects, but not vertebrates. King is studying the molecular structures of the toxins ...
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