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Researchers Advancing Understanding of Vital Enzyme

October 2, 2019

Nitrogenases, the enzymes responsible for converting atmospheric nitrogen into the nitrogen-based compounds used by living things, have been…
Using nanomachines to help fight the war on diabetes

October 2, 2019

Anti-diabetic drugs may become cheaper and more accessible thanks to a breakthrough from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.…
Bacteria can break down plastic

September 30, 2019

In 2016, Japanese scientists discovered a bacterium that can break down PET plastic, which is primarily known from…
Test for Life-Threatening Nutrient Deficit Made From Bacteria Entrails

September 26, 2019

In a remote village, an aid worker pricks a sickly toddler’s fingertip, and like most of the other…
Time-resolved serial synchrotron crystallography captures all key states of catalysis while revealing allosteric transmission pathway between the two subunits of the enzyme. Credit: MPG
‘Breathing’ enzymes in fast motion

September 24, 2019

Researchers from the Department of Atomically Resolved Dynamics of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics…
Strip Steak: Bacterial Enzyme Removes Inflammation-Causing Meat Carbohydrates

September 24, 2019

According to data from mice and African hunter-gatherers, red meat diets shift gut microbiomes to produce more sialidases…
Breakthrough in harnessing the power of biological catalysts

September 17, 2019

The power of nature could soon be used to create day-to-day materials such as paints, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals…
ORNL develops method to customize microbes for better biofuel production

September 13, 2019

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes…
Research shows human cells assembling into fractal-like clusters

August 26, 2019

Tree-like branching structures are everywhere in the human body, from the bronchial system in the lungs to the…
Compound hastens sexual maturity, and death, in worms

August 26, 2019

Every day, people are exposed to myriad chemicals both natural and synthetic, some of which may affect human…
Balance Clue?

August 26, 2019

A gene that can become mutated and cause a rare balance disorder also regulates the behavior of an…
To divide or not to divide?

August 22, 2019

Cells in the body proliferate at different rates. Some divide constantly and throughout life, like the ones that…
Genetic redundancy aids competition among bacteria in symbiosis with squid

August 20, 2019

The molecular mechanism used by many bacteria to kill neighboring cells has redundancy built into its genetic makeup,…
Scientists identify faulty molecular recycling as potential driver of Alzheimer’s disease

August 19, 2019

When a muscle or lung cell gets damaged beyond repair, self-destruct enzymes, known as caspases, spring into action,…
Adding MS Drug to Targeted Cancer Therapy May Improve Glioblastoma Outcomes

August 12, 2019

Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that infiltrates surrounding brain tissue, making it extremely difficult to…
Probing the Origin of Alzheimer’s… with Transistors

August 8, 2019

Novel high-sensitivity detector could aid in early diagnosis. A prime suspect in the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s…
First pictures of enzyme that drives new class of antibiotics

August 5, 2019

Understanding how antibiotic scaffolds are constructed in nature can help scientists prospect for new classes of antibiotics through…
Setting the Stage for Fuel-Efficient Fertilizer

August 2, 2019

Researchers identify the structure of the Janus intermediate – a principal actor in the enzymatic conversion of nitrogen…
Like Film Editors and Archaeologists, Biochemists Piece Together Genome History

July 26, 2019

Old-school Hollywood editors cut out unwanted frames of film and patched in desired frames to make a movie.…
Microfluidics device helps diagnose sepsis in minutes

July 24, 2019

A novel sensor designed by MIT researchers could dramatically accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis, a leading cause…
Diabetic Wound Care: New Discovery Points Toward Possible Treatment for Non-Healing Wounds

July 24, 2019

For the average person, getting a cut or scrape on the foot may not be cause for immediate…
In the active centre of carbon dioxide conversion

July 10, 2019

In order to overcome the climate crisis, two measures are required: The reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions,…
Beaver Feces Inspire a Way to Convert Type A to Type O Human Blood

July 5, 2019

My writing assignments for Medscape Medical News tend to be formulaic: summarize the findings of an interesting new paper, enabling…
Treatment target pinpointed for liver cancer in young adults

July 4, 2019

New findings show how a genetically aberrant, fused protein promotes a rare form of liver cancer in adolescents…
Rob and Rubisco: directed evolution of photosynthesis

June 28, 2019

Researchers from Australia recently reported a novel way to study a key enzyme in photosynthesis and carbon fixation.…
Aging delayed in older mice given blood component from young mice

June 18, 2019

An enzyme in blood of young mice extends life span. New research has identified a novel approach to…
Surprising enzymes discovered in giant ocean viruses

June 11, 2019

Results of a new NSF-supported study led by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Swansea University Medical School…
Opsin 3 — a protein closely related to rhodopsin, the protein that enables low-light vision — adjusts the amount of pigment produced in human skin in response to ultraviolet rays. Image by the Oancea lab
Researchers discover how a member of a family of light-sensitive proteins adjusts skin color

June 11, 2019

A team of Brown University researchers found that opsin 3 — a protein closely related to rhodopsin, the…
Measures to control diabetes. Image credit: Pixabay via Pexels.com (Pexels licence)
Improved diabetes in spite of obesity

May 30, 2019

Eating too much fat and sugar makes you overweight and unhealthy – even young children know that. But…
New compounds could be used to treat autoimmune disorders

May 29, 2019

The immune system is programmed to rid the body of biological bad guys—like viruses and dangerous bacteria—but its…
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