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Bead formation model could be boon for plastics, pharmaceuticals

June 11, 2010
biotech

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Contact: David Ruth druth@rice.edu 713-348-6327 Rice University Bead formation model could be boon for plastics, pharmaceuticals Researchers at Rice University, Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have solved a long-standing mystery about why some fluids containing polymers — including saliva —…


New microbial genetic system dissects biomass to biofuel conversion

June 11, 2010
biofuels

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Contact: David Keating dkeating@glbrc.wisc.edu 608-890-2547 University of Wisconsin-Madison MADISON – A research team at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has developed a powerful new tool that promises to unlock the secrets of biomass degradation, a critical step in the development of cost-effective cellulosic biofuels…


New strain of bacteria discovered that could aid in oil spill, other environmental cleanup

June 11, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Xihou Yin yin@onid.orst.edu 541-737-9842 Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive “rhamnolipids,” and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs – environmental pollutants that are one of the mo…


US leads on synthetic biology research funding

June 9, 2010
biotech

According to the Woodrow Wilson Center, the US has spent about $430 million on synthetic biology research since 2005. Meanwhile, …Click Here to Read More


U.S. Leading Charge on Synthetic Biology Funding

June 8, 2010
biotech

Synthetic biology receives about $430 million in U.S. government funding over a five-year period, far outpacing European governments. Euro funding for synthetic biologists is $160 million over the same period from 2005 through 2010.




LA Times asks “Were voters duped?” on stem cell research

June 7, 2010
biotech

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created by that 2004 ballot initiative, has handed out more than $1 billion in …Click Here to Read More


ArborGen biotech trees in Florida

June 7, 2010
biotech

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the approval of two ArborGen permit applications …Click Here to Read More


Drugs in R&D Gets Reinvented as an Open Access Journal

June 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS]     First Adis Publication to Provide Content Free of Charge <…


New yeast can ferment more sugar, make more cellulosic ethan

June 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Brian Wallheimer bwallhei@purdue.edu 765-496-2050 Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University scientists have improved a strain of yeast that can produce more biofuel from cellulosic plant material by fermenting all five types of the plant’s sugars. Nathan Mosier, an associate professor of agricultural and b…


Cyclotrons could alleviate medical isotope shortage

June 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Amy Shaw ashaw@snm.org 703-652-6773 Society of Nuclear Medicine New method of medical isotope production could provide relief to current and future medical isotope crises SALT LAKE CITY – The most widely used medical radioisotope, Technetium-99m (Tc-99m), is essential for an estimated 70,000 medical imaging procedures …