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Inexpensive, carbon-neutral biofuels are finally possible

7.2.2024   |   Press monitoring

When it comes to making fuel from plants, the first step has always been the hardest – breaking down the plant matter. A new study finds that introducing a simple, renewable chemical to the pretreatment step can finally make next-generation biofuel production both cost-effective and carbon-neutral. For biofuels to compete with petroleum,...

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New molecule triggers burst of white blood cells to fight infections
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New molecule triggers burst of white blood cells to fight infections

5.2.2024   |   Press monitoring

White blood cells are important foot soldiers in the immune system, but their numbers can be cut by health conditions or treatments like chemotherapy. Yale scientists have now discovered a molecule that can be given to quickly boost their numbers back up, to help fight off infections without antibiotics. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell...

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DNA particles that mimic viruses hold promise as vaccines
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DNA particles that mimic viruses hold promise as vaccines

2.2.2024   |   Press monitoring

Using a virus-like delivery particle made from DNA, researchers from MIT and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard have created a vaccine that can induce a strong antibody response against SARS-CoV-2. The vaccine, which has been tested in mice, consists of a DNA scaffold that carries many copies of a viral antigen. This type of vaccine,...

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Nanoscale spikes 96% effective at impaling and destroying common virus

31.1.2024   |   Press monitoring

Researchers have developed a silicon surface covered in nanosized spikes that is 96% effective in impaling and destroying a common virus responsible for causing respiratory illnesses, particularly in infants and young children. The technology could be used to safeguard researchers, health workers and patients from viral spread. Of the four...

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Molecular jackhammers kill cancer by busting through cell walls

29.1.2024   |   Press monitoring

Scientists have demonstrated an intriguing new technique to treat cancer – “molecular jackhammers” that latch onto cancer cells, then vibrate vigorously to kill them when activated by infrared light. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are currently our most effective treatments for cancer, but they have a shotgun effect, damaging healthy cells...

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Reprogrammed T cells make mice (and maybe us) age slower

26.1.2024   |   Press monitoring

Researchers have used reprogrammed CAR T cells, usually used as a cancer treatment, to target the senescent cells that contribute to aging and later-life diseases. After one treatment, old mice showed improved metabolism and exercise tolerance, while young ones aged slower and were protected from age-related diseases like obesity and diabetes for...

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Bar-coding bacteriophages: New method could unleash powerful biotechnology applications
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Bar-coding bacteriophages: New method could unleash powerful biotechnology applications

24.1.2024   |   Press monitoring

Barcodes at the supermarket allow fast and easy product identification, often including such valuable information as location, quantity, and tracking. Now, a rapid gene labeling or characterization scheme for bacteria-infecting viruses known as bacteriophages, or phages, has been developed for similar purposes by researchers at the Department of...

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Allergy-specific nanoparticles target immune cells, prevent anaphylaxis

22.1.2024   |   Press monitoring

Allergies can range in severity from itchy eyes and a runny nose to life-threatening anaphylaxis. Peanuts, dust, mold, dog hair, perfume, pollen, drugs, insect stings, and latex – besides avoiding these things entirely, for some people there’s no way to prevent allergic reactions. That may soon change, thanks to researchers at Northwestern...

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A single dose of urea-powered nanorobots reduces bladder tumors by 90% in mouse study

19.1.2024   |   Press monitoring

Bladder cancer has one of the highest incidence rates in the world and ranks as the fourth most common tumor in men. Despite its relatively low mortality rate, nearly half of bladder tumors resurface within 5 years, requiring ongoing patient monitoring. Frequent hospital visits and the need for repeat treatments contribute to making this type of...

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Meet pAblo·pCasso: A new leap in CRISPR technologies for next-gen genome engineering

17.1.2024   |   Press monitoring

A new CRISPR-Cas toolkit, dubbed "pAblo·pCasso," is set to transform the landscape of bacterial genome editing, offering unprecedented precision and flexibility in genetic engineering. The new technology, developed by researchers at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), expands the range of genome sites...

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