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Scientists create a new phototoxic protein, SuperNova2

21.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

Scientists from Skoltech, the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of RAS and the London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) have developed an enhanced version of SuperNova, a genetically encoded phototoxic synthesizer, that helps control intracellular processes by light exposure. An important research tool, phototoxic proteins are used as...

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Researchers develop novel nanoparticle that efficiently and selectively kills cancer cells
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Researchers develop novel nanoparticle that efficiently and selectively kills cancer cells

18.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

Many chemotherapeutic agents used to treat cancers are associated with side-effects of varying severity, because they are toxic to normal cells as well as malignant tumors. This has motivated the search for effective alternatives to the synthetic pharmaceuticals with which most cancers are currently treated. The use of calcium phosphate and...

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Synthetic molecules mimic human cells to lure and kill the flu virus

16.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

The influenza virus as proven to be a very tricky foe to fight. Now, researchers at EPFL in Switzerland have developed synthetic molecules that can kill the flu virus by mimicking human cells, and putting the squeeze on the virus when it attaches itself to the decoy. Current antiviral drugs, such as oseltamivir (or Tamiflu), work by attacking the...

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Immunity-boosting silica nanoparticles could replace pesticides

14.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

Pesticides may indeed kill plant pathogens, but they're also harmful to the environment. Newly developed nanoparticles may provide a more eco-friendly alternative, as they boost the immune systems of crop plants, then harmlessly dissolve. Occurring naturally in soil, a compound known as silicic acid has for some time been known to provoke...

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Single gene therapy injection surprisingly boosts vision in both eyes
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Single gene therapy injection surprisingly boosts vision in both eyes

11.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

This latest study was conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge, the University of Pittsburgh and Paris’ Institut de la Vision, and focuses on a form of inherited vision loss called Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON). This affects around one in 30,000 people and usually occurs in young folks aged in their 20s and 30s,...

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New method to boost supply of life-saving stem cells
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New method to boost supply of life-saving stem cells

9.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

Researchers at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona and Columbia University in New York City have identified a protein that is critical for the expansion of typically scarce, life-saving blood stem cells. The discovery may lead to new methods for growing a large quantity of these stem cells, both inside and outside the human body,...

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Medicine-carriers made from human cells can cure lung infections
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Medicine-carriers made from human cells can cure lung infections

7.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

Scientists used human white blood cell membranes to carry two drugs, an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory, directly to infected lungs in mice. The nano-sized drug delivery method developed at Washington State University successfully treated both the bacterial growth and inflammation in the mice's lungs. The study, recently published in...

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Self-adjusting insulin promises safer blood sugar control for diabetics

4.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

An incredible proof-of-concept study from a team of European scientists has demonstrated the development of a novel insulin molecule that can sense blood sugar levels and self-adjust its activity in response to a patient’s needs. The experimental molecule has only been tested in animals so far but the researchers are hopeful further development...

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Plant-inspired alkaloids protect rice, kiwi and citrus from harmful bacteria
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Plant-inspired alkaloids protect rice, kiwi and citrus from harmful bacteria

2.12.2020   |   Press monitoring

Plants get bacterial infections, just as humans do. When food crops and trees are infected, their yield and quality can suffer. Although some compounds have been developed to protect plants, few of them work on a wide variety of crops, and bacteria are developing resistance. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food...

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Modified cancer-killing virus avoids triggering immune system response

30.11.2020   |   Press monitoring

Viruses largely get a bad rap, but some may be helpful. Oncolytic viruses selectively hunt down and kill cancer cells, but this emerging therapy can be rendered ineffective or even dangerous if it alerts the immune system. Now scientists have tweaked these viruses to avoid detection by the immune system, allowing them to track down cancer even...

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