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Nanofiber yarn makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue
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Nanofiber yarn makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue

26.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

The human body is held together by an intricate cable system of tendons and muscles, engineered by nature to be tough and highly stretchable. An injury to any of these tissues, particularly in a major joint like the shoulder or knee, can require surgical repairs and weeks of limited mobility to fully heal. Now MIT engineers have come up with a...

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Spread of deadly pig virus in China hastens vaccine research
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Spread of deadly pig virus in China hastens vaccine research

24.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

A highly contagious disease that kills infected pigs has swept across China and is moving through neighbouring countries. Scientists in China are ramping up efforts to study the virus that causes African swine fever and produce a vaccine. But scientists elsewhere fear that political pressure to make a vaccine quickly could risk introducing chronic...

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Waterborne DNA provides a picture of coral reef health
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Waterborne DNA provides a picture of coral reef health

22.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

In these times of coral reef die-offs, it's vitally important to monitor the abundance and variety of corals on the reefs that remain. This is currently performed visually by scuba divers, but there may soon be a quicker, cheaper and easier method – just check the water for coral DNA. All aquatic organisms are constantly dispensing their DNA...

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A biosynthetic dual-core cell computer

19.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

ETH researchers have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells. This represents a huge step towards creating powerful biocomputers. A team of researchers led by Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel, have now found a...

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A history of the Crusades, as told by crusaders DNA
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A history of the Crusades, as told by crusaders DNA

17.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

History can tell us a lot about the Crusades, the series of religious wars fought between 1095 and 1291, in which Christian invaders tried to claim the Near East. But the DNA of nine 13th century Crusaders buried in a pit in Lebanon shows that there's more to learn about who the Crusaders were and their interactions with the populations they...

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Injecting immune stimulants turns tumors into cancer vaccine factories
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Injecting immune stimulants turns tumors into cancer vaccine factories

15.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

Scientists at New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have made an exciting breakthrough in the realm of cancer treatment, describing a new way of supercharging the body's immune system so that it can take the upper hand and destroy tumor cells around the body. The technique falls under an arm of cancer treatment known as...

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Everyday enzymes, now grown in plants
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Everyday enzymes, now grown in plants

12.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

The jeans you wear, the orange juice you drink, the laundry detergent you use: None would be possible without the activity of enzymes. Currently the enzymes used in industry are produced through an expensive, laborious process, requiring cold storage. But an innovative new approach, ushered in by research from Penn's School of Dental Medicine, is...

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New DNA shredder technique goes beyond CRISPRs scissors

10.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

In the last six years, a tool called CRISPR-Cas9 has transformed genetic research, allowing scientists to snip and edit DNA strands at precise locations like a pair of tiny scissors. But sometimes, it takes more than scissors to do the job.Now, a collaborative international team has unveiled a new CRISPR-based tool that acts more like a shredder,...

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Nanomaterials give plants super abilities

8.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

Science-fiction writers have long envisioned human-machine hybrids that wield extraordinary powers. However, "super plants" with integrated nanomaterials may be much closer to reality than cyborgs. Today, scientists report the development of plants that can make nanomaterials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and the application of MOFs as...

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Game-changing gene edit turned this anole lizard into an albino
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Game-changing gene edit turned this anole lizard into an albino

5.4.2019   |   Press monitoring

The mighty genome editor CRISPR isn’t so powerful in lizards and snakes: Never before has it been used to edit the embryos of these reptiles. Now, researchers have come up with a workaround – by editing the immature, unfertilized eggs of brown anole lizards. Researchers typically edit with CRISPR by injecting it into a single-celled fertilized...

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