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Plant genetic engineering to fight hidden hunger
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Plant genetic engineering to fight hidden hunger

19.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

More than 2 billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient malnutrition due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins. Poor people in developing countries are most affected, because their diets are typically dominated by starchy staple foods, which are inexpensive sources of calories but contain low amounts of micronutrients. Often, the people...

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Calcium bursts kill drug-resistant tumor cells

16.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

Multidrug resistance (MDR) – a process in which tumors become resistant to multiple medicines – is the main cause of failure of cancer chemotherapy. Tumor cells often acquire MDR by boosting their production of proteins that pump drugs out of the cell, rendering the chemotherapies ineffective. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Nano Letters have...

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CRISPRing trees for a climate-friendly economy
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CRISPRing trees for a climate-friendly economy

14.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

Researchers led by prof. Wout Boerjan (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology) have discovered a way to stably finetune the amount of lignin in poplar by applying CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Lignin is one of the main structural substances in plants and it makes processing wood into, for example, paper difficult. This study is an important...

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A hydrogel that could help repair damaged nerves
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A hydrogel that could help repair damaged nerves

12.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

Injuries to peripheral nerves – tissues that transmit bioelectrical signals from the brain to the rest of the body – often result in chronic pain, neurologic disorders, paralysis or disability. Now, researchers have developed a stretchable conductive hydrogel that could someday be used to repair these types of nerves when there's damage. A...

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Argentina becomes first country to approve genetically modified wheat
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Argentina becomes first country to approve genetically modified wheat

9.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

Argentina has become the first country to approve the growth and consumption of genetically modified wheat, the country's agriculture ministry announced Thursday. The ministry's scientific commission said in a statement released in Buenos Aires that it had approved a drought-resistant variety of wheat in the world's fourth-largest exporter of...

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Nanoparticles can turn off genes in bone marrow cells
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Nanoparticles can turn off genes in bone marrow cells

7.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

Using specialized nanoparticles, MIT engineers have developed a way to turn off specific genes in cells of the bone marrow, which play an important role in producing blood cells. These particles could be tailored to help treat heart disease or to boost the yield of stem cells in patients who need stem cell transplants, the researchers say. This...

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Virus turns deadly fungus from foe to friend in plants
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Virus turns deadly fungus from foe to friend in plants

5.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

Researchers have discovered that a fungal virus (also called a mycovirus) can convert deadly fungal pathogens into beneficial fungus in rapeseed plants. Once transformed, the fungus boosts the plant's immune system, making the plant healthier and more resistant to diseases. These findings, published on September 29 in the journal Molecular...

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Synthetic DNA locks up drugs in the body – and only cancer has the key

2.10.2020   |   Press monitoring

Currently our best treatments for cancer are radiation and chemotherapy, but both have the unfortunate downside of not being particularly selective towards tumors. The radiation and chemicals damage and kill healthy cells throughout the body, leading to a range of unwanted health side effects like fatigue, nausea, and hair loss. In response, many...

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Scientists knit new artery grafts out of collagen and synthetic fibers
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Scientists knit new artery grafts out of collagen and synthetic fibers

30.9.2020   |   Press monitoring

Heart attack patients often need replacements for damaged or blocked sections of coronary arteries, which are usually taken from their own leg veins. But in a new proof-of-concept study, scientists knitted a prototype graft out of hybrid synthetic and biological yarn, forming a scaffold for the patients own cells to grow around and repair the...

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Biosynthesized silver nanoparticles are promising for pest management
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Biosynthesized silver nanoparticles are promising for pest management

28.9.2020   |   Press monitoring

In recent years, a green synthesis approach involving plants has gained great attention with the aim of generating environment-friendly nanoparticles encompassing a vast range of applications. In a study published in Journal of Hazardous Materials, researchers from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) provided evidence for the novel...

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