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Biomolecules for the production line

Scientists and engineers from eight Fraunhofer Institutes have joined forces in an interdisciplinary research project to develop bioreactors that produce proteins without the help of intact cells. Demonstration models of the reactors will be on show to the public for the very first time from October 8-10, 2013 at BIOTECHNICA.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2013

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Replacing animal testing with accurate in vitro innovations

An EU-funded project has successfully established human stem cell-based in vitro tests, which are capable of replicating the development of the human central nervous system. The innovation could lead to the more accurate and efficient testing of drugs, and importantly lead to a move away from animal testing.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2013

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Largest, most accurate list of RNA editing sites

A research team centered at Brown University has compiled the largest and most stringently validated list of RNA editing sites in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, a stalwart of biological research.

Posted: Sep 29th, 2013

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Scientists develop a more effective molecular modeling process

A new method to produce accurate computer models of molecules, developed by scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, combines existing formulas in a kind of algorithmic stew to gain a better picture of molecular structural diversity that is then used to eliminate errors and improve the final model.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2013

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Study tests precision of protein 'machine'

Since its discovery, researchers have hailed Cas9 - a protein 'machine' that can be programmed by a strand of RNA to target specific DNA sequences and to precisely cut, paste, and turn on or turn off genes - as a potential key to unlocking a host of new treatments and therapies for genetic conditions, but only if they fully understand how it works.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2013

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Scientists produce induced pluripotent stem cells by removing one protein

Reprogramming adult stem cells so that they are like embryonic stem cells has the potential to change medicine; however, the reprogramming process is inefficient and impractical. Now, Dr. Yaqub Hanna has found that removing one protein changes everything, raising the efficiency of this reprogramming from one percent or less to 100 percent.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2013

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Algae researchers partner to develop bioactive molecules

Researchers at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation and the ASU-led Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership have made a one-year agreement with Health Enhancement Products, Inc., which investigates and licenses algae-derived, high-value bioactive molecules that benefit human and animal health.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2013

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How bacteria integrate autotransporters into their outer membrane

The bacterial outer envelope is densely packed with proteins that form small pores and facilitate the passage of nutrients, toxins and signaling molecules. Professors Timm Maier and Sebastian Hiller from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel now demonstrate how these transporter proteins are integrated into the outer membrane.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2013

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A revolutionary new method for discovering antibiotics

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a revolutionary new method for identifying and characterizing antibiotics, an advance that could lead to the discovery of new antibiotics to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2013

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