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Modified yeast inhibits fungal growth in plants
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Modified yeast inhibits fungal growth in plants

16.7.2021   |   Press monitoring

About 70–80% of crop losses due to microbial diseases are caused by fungi. Fungicides are key weapons in agriculture's arsenal, but they pose environmental risks. Over time, fungi also develop a resistance to fungicides, leading growers on an endless quest for new and improved ways to combat fungal diseases. To gain entrance into plant tissues,...

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Exosome spray may be better able to heal damaged hearts
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Exosome spray may be better able to heal damaged hearts

14.7.2021   |   Press monitoring

After someone has suffered a heart attack, non-beating scar tissue grows back in place of the damaged cardiac tissue, leaving the heart permanently weakened. A newly developed spray-on medication, however, may someday help change that. Stem cell therapy is one of the main methods that has been suggested for regrowing cardiac tissue on damaged...

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World-first CRISPR-edited sugarcane helps reduce environmental impact
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World-first CRISPR-edited sugarcane helps reduce environmental impact

12.7.2021   |   Press monitoring

Sugarcane is an important food crop, but it’s large environmental impact means there’s plenty of room for improvement. Unfortunately it’s tricky and time-consuming to breed new varieties, but now researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing to do so quickly and more easily. Sugarcane is a key source of sugar, obviously, but that’s not its only...

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Harnessing AI to discover new drugs inspired by nature

9.7.2021   |   Press monitoring

Artificial intelligence (AI) is able to recognize the biological activity of natural products in a targeted manner, as researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated. Moreover, AI helps to find molecules that have the same effect as a natural substance but are easier to manufacture. This opens up huge possibilities for drug discovery, which also...

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The mRNA flu vaccine race heats up with two human trials commencing
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The mRNA flu vaccine race heats up with two human trials commencing

7.7.2021   |   Press monitoring

Biotech firm Moderna has commenced human trials testing an mRNA influenza vaccine targeting four separate viral strains. Building on its profoundly successful mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, the company is ultimately planning to develop a single vaccine against multiple respiratory viruses. It is impossible to understate the incredible success of mRNA...

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Microbes in cow stomachs can break down plastic
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Microbes in cow stomachs can break down plastic

5.7.2021   |   Press monitoring

Plastic is notoriously hard to break down, but researchers in Austria have found that bacteria from a cow's rumen – one of the four compartments of its stomach – can digest certain types of the ubiquitous material, representing a sustainable way to reduce plastic litter. The scientists suspected such bacteria might be useful since cow diets...

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CRISPR gene-editing tested in space for first time in DNA damage study

2.7.2021   |   Press monitoring

The CRISPR gene-editing tool has been successfully used in space for the first time. Researchers onboard the International Space Station have edited colonies of yeast to study how they repair DNA damage, which could be the first steps towards finding ways to protect astronauts against the radiation of space. Having had astronauts visiting,...

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Scientists create mouse embryo with a beating heart from stem cells
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Scientists create mouse embryo with a beating heart from stem cells

30.6.2021   |   Press monitoring

An extraordinary new study has detailed the development of a nearly complete mouse embryo – with muscles, blood vessels and a tiny beating heart – grown in a lab dish out of stem cells. The research presents the most sophisticated “embryo in a dish” created to date, offering essential new innovations on the road to growing replacement human...

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MIT and Harvard engineers develop face mask that detects COVID-19
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MIT and Harvard engineers develop face mask that detects COVID-19

28.6.2021   |   Press monitoring

Researchers from MIT and Harvard have demonstrated a cutting-edge biosensor technology by developing a face mask that can detect SARS-CoV-2 in a wearer’s breath within just 90 minutes. The sensor technology can be programmed to detect any kind of virus or toxin and is small enough to be integrated into clothing fabrics. The biosensor has been in...

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First Cancer Patient Receives mRNA Melanoma Vaccine In New Clinical Trial
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First Cancer Patient Receives mRNA Melanoma Vaccine In New Clinical Trial

25.6.2021   |   Press monitoring

When research into mRNA vaccines was ramped up and they were thrust into the spotlight in the relentless fight against COVID-19, speculation began as to how the innovations could impact other areas of medicine. Now, another large milestone has been reached to that end, with the first patient in the Phase II trial of the BioNTech mRNA cancer...

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