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Photonic crystal drug detective

A new high-throughput screening system based on photonic crystals could quickly and cheaply detect molecules that disrupt binding between proteins and DNA, offering a new way to look for novel classes of drugs, say scientists in the U.S.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2008

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Rare earth elements as tags for living cell protein microscopy

While sophisticated microscopes allow scientists to take pictures of a single molecule, capturing images of single molecules in a living cell has been particularly challenging. Lawrence Miller, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, hopes to meet that challenge with the help of a four-year, $1.16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2008

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Future for clean energy lies with bacteria

Amid mounting agreement that future clean, carbon-neutral, energy will rely on efficient conversion of the sun?s light energy into fuels and electric power, attention is focusing on one of the most ancient groups of organism, the cyanobacteria.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2008

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Are DNA barcodes always accurate?

DNA barcoding as currently practiced churns out some results as inaccurately as a supermarket checker scanning an apple and ringing it up as an orange, according to a new Brigham Young University study.

Posted: Aug 25th, 2008

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