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Turning the switch on biofuels

June 18, 2019

Plant cell walls contain a renewable, nearly limitless supply of sugar that can be used in the production…
New complex carbohydrate discovered in Barley

January 9, 2019

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a new complex carbohydrate in barley. The first of its kind to…
Carrying and Releasing Nanoscale Cargo with “Nanowrappers”

January 4, 2019

Nanocubes with hollow interiors and surface openings whose shape, size, and location are precisely controlled could be used…
Grant aims students toward next-gen bioelectronics

September 5, 2018

A team of cross-discipline collaborators at Rice University has received a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) research…
Mechanical force controls the speed of protein synthesis

May 17, 2018

As cells create proteins, the proteins modulate synthesis speed by exerting a mechanical force on the molecular machine…
Mechanism of enzyme diversification in natural product

September 28, 2017

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have revealed the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of enzymes called isomerases—catalyzing the…
New technology offers fast peptide synthesis

February 28, 2017

Manufacturing small proteins known as peptides is usually very time-consuming, which has slowed development of new peptide drugs…
Iron catalysts can modify amino acids, peptides to create new drug candidates

August 6, 2016

For medicinal chemists, making tweaks to peptide structures is key to developing new drug candidates. Now, researchers have…
Toyota is the first car manufacturer to use biosynthetic engine and drive system hoses

April 26, 2016

Toyota is one of the most innovative companies in the automotive industry. It is always trying to improve…
Natural product synthesis using olefin polymerization catalyst

April 5, 2016

University of Tokyo researchers have demonstrated the 3-step synthesis of a natural product whose preparation conventionally required at…
Scientists synthesize new anti-cancer agent

March 11, 2016

A team led by Rice University synthetic organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou has developed a new process for the…
Mechanism of action of enzyme for complex natural product biosynthesis

March 9, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have revealed the structure and enzymatic mechanism of a prenyltransferase, an enzyme…
Researchers find core genes for plant-fungal symbiosis

January 20, 2016

A new study by researchers at the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) has uncovered a veritable trove of…
ORNL cell-free protein synthesis is potential lifesaver

January 1, 2016

Lives of soldiers and others injured in remote locations could be saved with a cell-free protein synthesis system…
Research project ripe for fruit quality breakthrough

December 18, 2015

It is one of life’s little disappointments: that piece of fruit so fresh in the grocery store turns…
International team discovers natural defense against HIV

September 18, 2015

Researchers at Michigan State University were part of a team to discover a new natural defense against HIV…
Researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids

August 14, 2015

A process that had taken a year from farm to pharmaceutical factory now occurs in three to five…
Mechanism of an enzyme for biofuel production

July 24, 2015

A University of Tokyo research group has revealed for the first time the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of…
Scientists invent a new method to synthesize highly valuable amines

June 10, 2015

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have created a new method for synthesizing “amines” a class of organic…
Agricultural waste could be used as biofuel

March 27, 2015

Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East…
Making light do the work of intricarene synthesis

December 5, 2014

Intricarene was first isolated from a Caribbean coral. Now an LMU team has, for the first time, photochemically…
Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes

October 29, 2014

In the on-going effort to develop advanced biofuels as a clean, green and sustainable source of liquid transportation…
New approach to boosting biofuel production

October 3, 2014

Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large…
Biosynthesis of natural products with unique structures

August 6, 2014

The oxazoline ring (C₃H₅NO) with a methyl group at position 4 is rarely found in natural products; almost…
How Sweet It Is: New Tool for Characterizing Plant Sugar Transporters Developed

July 30, 2014

A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of “fuel” crops for clean, green and…
Biosynthesis captured in motion

December 27, 2013

Chemists have caught molecules in the act of biosynthesis revealing an animated view of how a fundamental piece…
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