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Strange behavior: new study exposes living cells to synthetic protein

18.2.2013   |   News of Science

ASU Biodesign Institute News 27.12. 2012: One approach to understanding components in living organisms is to attempt to create them artificially, using principles of chemistry, engineering and genetics. A suite of powerful techniques—collectively referred to as synthetic biology—have been used to produce self-replicating molecules, artificial...


Melanoma Genes Found In \"Junk\" DNA

7.2.2013   |   News of Science

MedicalNewsToday, 28 Jan 2013: US scientists have found two new mutations in non-coding (formerly dubbed "junk") DNA that occur in 71% of malignant melanomas.


US doctors defeat leukemia with modified HIV

4.2.2013   |   News of Science

US doctors say they have saved a seven-year-old girl who was close to dying from leukemia by pioneering the use of an unlikely ally: a modified form of the HIV virus.


Gene Find Turns Soldier Beetle Defense Into Biotech Opportunity

21.1.2013   |   News of Science

Science Daily: Nov. 7, 2012 — New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesised using biotechnology, following CSIRO's discovery of the three genes that combine to provide soldier beetles with their potent predator defence system.


Potential Gene Therapy Approach To Sickle Cell Disease

10.1.2013   |   News of Science

Researchers at Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) have taken the first preliminary steps toward developing a form of gene therapy for sickle cell disease.


A Giant Puzzle With Billions of Pieces

7.1.2013   |   News of Science

ScienceDaily Dec. 21, 2012 — Day after day, legions of microorganisms work to produce energy from waste in biogas plants. Researchers from Bielefeld University's Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) are taking a close look to find out which microbes do the best job. They are analysing the entire genetic information of the microbial communities in...


Orphan Drug Status Awarded to New Follistatin Gene Therapy for Muscular Dystrophy

20.12.2012   |   News of Science

A new experimental drug that has been in development by Milo Biotechnology gives hope to patients suffering from muscular dystrophy after being awarded orphan drug designation by the US Food and Drug Administration, according to a recent report by Med City News.


Could viruses be used to treat acne?

17.12.2012   |   News of Science

Watch out, acne. Doctors soon may have a new weapon against zits: a harmless virus living on our skin that naturally seeks out and kills the bacteria that cause pimples.


New Gene Identified That Helps Explain Infertility

13.12.2012   |   News of Science

Medical News Today, 26 Nov 2012: A new understanding of the way cells divide during reproduction may help explain low fertility and sterility.


Hydrogen production comes naturally to ocean microbe

3.12.2012   |   News of Science

A seemingly unremarkable ocean microbe turns out to be a multitasker — it can not only photosynthesize, but can also produce large amounts of hydrogen, opening up a potential way to make the gas cheaply for fuel.


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