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Scientists successfully develop heat resistant coral to fight bleaching
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Scientists successfully develop heat resistant coral to fight bleaching

18.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

Corals with increased heat tolerance have the potential to reduce the impact of reef bleaching from marine heat waves, which are becoming more common under climate change. "Coral reefs are in decline worldwide," CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBio FSP) science lead Dr. Patrick Buerger said. "Climate change has reduced coral...

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Several COVID-19 vaccines necessary to overcome pandemic, experts say

15.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

A new article from a quartet of scientific leaders, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is outlining the challenges to overcome in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine over the next one to two years. The scientists suggest it will take not one, but multiple successful vaccines,...

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Malaria mosquitoes eliminated in lab by creating all-male populations
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Malaria mosquitoes eliminated in lab by creating all-male populations

13.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

A modification that creates more male offspring was able to eliminate populations of malaria mosquitoes in lab experiments. A team led by Imperial College London spread a genetic modification that distorts the sex ratio through a population of caged Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes using 'gene drive' technology. The team's modification causes...

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Biofabrication: 3-D printing, sonic tweezers, and the creation of neurons in microscopic cages

11.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

Microscopically small cages have been produced at TU Wien (Vienna) with grid openings only a few micrometers in size, making them ideal for holding cells and allowing living tissue to grow in a very specific shape. This new field of research is called biofabrication. In a collaboration with Stanford University, the researchers introduced nerve...

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Plant virus nanoparticles pitched as treatment for autoimmune diseases

8.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

Viruses are getting a pretty bad rap lately, but they’re not always our enemy. In a new study led by the University of Verona, researchers have used plant viruses to make new nanoparticles that show promise in mice for treating autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Using viruses for good is nothing new. One type known...

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Viruses gleaned from healthy feces fight obesity in mice

6.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

Altering the gut microbiome by transplanting the stool contents from a healthy donor is emerging as a promising way to treat a variety of conditions, including everything from autism to inflammatory bowel disease to cancer. Scientists looking to this technique as a way of treating obesity have found some early success in mice, after implanting...

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Nanostimulators boost stem cells for muscle repair

4.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

In regenerative medicine, an ideal treatment for patients whose muscles are damaged from lack of oxygen would be to invigorate them with an injection of their own stem cells.

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Adding soil to wounds may halt the bleeding

1.5.2020   |   Press monitoring

Via lab mouse trials, scientists at Canada's University of British Columbia recently discovered that the naturally-occurring silicates in soil activate a blood protein found in all terrestrial (land-based) mammals. Once triggered, that protein – known as coagulation Factor XII – starts a chain reaction that causes blood to clot, forming a...

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Mint scent inhibits the growth of weeds

29.4.2020   |   Press monitoring

Some plants are very successful in the competition for space, nutrients, and water. They inhibit the growth of their competitors by chemical signals that cause cells of the neighboring plant to die. Scientists of the Botanical Institute of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) study this effect for potential use in environmentally compatible...

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Peptide weakens superbugs to make old antibiotics effective again
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Peptide weakens superbugs to make old antibiotics effective again

27.4.2020   |   Press monitoring

Antibiotics were one of the most important medical breakthroughs of the 20th century, but while they helped us win the battle for a while, bacteria may yet win the war. New antibiotics are in development of course, but it’s an expensive and time-consuming process and bacteria will again render the final product ineffective in a matter of years. A...

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