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Gene-editing tool CRISPR repurposed to develop better antibiotics

11.1.2019   |   Press monitoring

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher and his collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ones. Resistance to current antibiotics by disease-causing...

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Turbocharger for the cell machinery

9.1.2019   |   Press monitoring

Researchers of the University of Bern have discovered a new molecular regulatory mechanism in unicellular parasites which has never before been observed. RNA fragments do not act as brakes in the cell apparatus, but on the contrary as "stimulants": they boost protein production after periods of stress. Today, it is assumed that in many living...

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Science races against tick-borne virus
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Science races against tick-borne virus

7.1.2019   |   Press monitoring

Two groundbreaking discoveries by USC researchers could lead to medications and a vaccine to treat or prevent a hemorrhagic fever transmitted by a new tick species before it spreads across the United States. In the Jan. 7 Nature Microbiology, researchers describe the molecular mechanisms used by the virus to infect and sicken humans, a puzzle...

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DNA design that anyone can do
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DNA design that anyone can do

4.1.2019   |   Press monitoring

Researchers at MIT and Arizona State University have designed a computer program that allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA. Until now, designing such structures has required technical expertise that puts the process out of reach of most people. Using the new program, anyone can...

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This Womans Lung Transplant Gave Her A Peanut Allerg
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This Womans Lung Transplant Gave Her A Peanut Allerg

2.1.2019   |   Press monitoring

In terms of the effort-to-smugness ratio, becoming an organ donor is probably just about the best thing you can do with your time. But sometimes, in very rare cases, organ donation can have some unintended consequences. And for one patient in 2018, a life-saving lung transplant came with an unexpected price: a brand-new nut allergy. “Two weeks...

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A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body
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A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body

31.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

A kid in France transcribed parts of the Hebrew book of Genesis and the Arabic-language Quran, into DNA and injected them into his body — one text into each thigh. Adrien Locatelli, a 16-year-old high school student, posted a paper Dec. 3 on the preprint server OS, in which he claimed, "It is the first time that someone injects himself...

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Modified ivy uses synthetic rabbit gene to clean the air
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Modified ivy uses synthetic rabbit gene to clean the air

28.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

While it's true that houseplants do help clean the air within a home, it is estimated that over 20 plants per room would be required to make an appreciable difference. That likely wouldn't be the case with a new genetically-modified ivy, however, which has proven to be highly effective at removing toxic chloroform and benzene from the air. A...

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Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots

21.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. To achieve this, researchers from EMBL, CRG and Bristol Robotics Laboratory introduced the biological principles of self-organisation to swarm robotics. The results have been published...

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Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off insect apocalypse
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Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off insect apocalypse

19.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. Bees are vital for growing the world's food as they help fertilise three out of four crops around the globe, by transferring...

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Tumor organoids may speed cancer treatment
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Tumor organoids may speed cancer treatment

17.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Collecting cancer cells from patients and growing them into 3-D mini tumors could make it possible to quickly screen large numbers of potential drugs for ultra-rare cancers. Preliminary success with a new high-speed, high-volume approach is already guiding treatment decisions for some patients with recurring hard-to-treat cancers. “Believe it or...

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