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“start/stop switch” for retroviruses

April 8, 2010
biotech

A University of British Columbia doctoral candidate has discovered a previously unknown mechanism for silencing retroviruses, segments of genetic material …Click Here to Read More


Powerful new method allows scientists to probe gene activation

April 8, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Dorie Klissas dorie.klissas@nyumc.org 212-404-3555 NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine May allow investigation of how unfolding of DNA breaks down in diseases like cancer NYU Langone Medical Center researchers have developed a powerful new method to investigate the discrete…


Graphene films clear major fabrication hurdle

April 8, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Lynn Yarris lcyarris@lbl.gov 510-486-5375 DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Graphene, the two-dimensional crystalline form of carbon, is a potential superstar for the electronics industry. With freakishly mobile electrons that can blaze through the material at nearly the speed of light – 100 times faster than electrons can move th…


Reuters Special Report: Fast machines, genes and the future of medicine

April 7, 2010
biotech

Some experts say the world is on the cusp of a “golden age” of genomics, when a look at the …Click Here to Read More


First animals to live without oxygen discovered

April 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Graeme Baldwin graeme.baldwin@biomedcentral.com 44-020-319-22165 BioMed Central Deep under the Mediterranean Sea small animals have been discovered that live their entire lives without oxygen and surrounded by ‘poisonous’ sulphides. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology report …


International team discovers element 117

April 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Bill Cabage cabagewh@ornl.gov 865-574-4399 DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 7, 2010 — An international team of scientists from Russia and the United States, including two Department of Energy national laboratories and two universities, has discovered the newest superheavy element, element 117. The team inc…


New tool developed for DNA research

April 6, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Jes Andersen jean@science.ku.dk 453-050-6582 University of Copenhagen Molecular gauge to disclose function of new medications Luminescent markers are an indispensable tool for researchers working with DNA. But the markers are troublesome. Some tend to destroy the function and structure of DNA when inserted. Others e…


Atoms spiral toward a charged carbon nanotube under dramatic acceleration before splitting apart

April 6, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Steve Bradt steve_bradt@harvard.edu 617-496-8070 Harvard University Atoms spiral toward a charged carbon nanotube under dramatic acceleration before splitting apart CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 6, 2010 — Carbon nanotubes, long touted for applications in materials and electronics, may also be the stuff of atom…


New study on carbon nanotubes gives hope for medical applications

April 5, 2010
biotech

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Contact: Katarina Sternudd katarina.sternudd@ki.se 46-852-483-895 Karolinska Institutet A team of Swedish and American scientists has shown for the first time that carbon nanotubes can be broken down by an enzyme – myeloperoxidase (MPO) – found in white blood cells. Their discoveries are presented in Nature Nanotechnology and c…


X Prize for organ creation

April 4, 2010
biotech

You’ve heard of the Automotive X Prize and the Lunar X Prize… Well get ready for the NewOrgan Prize. The …Click Here to Read More