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Fasting Might Make Chemotherapy More Effective

February 17, 2010
biotech

Patients who fasted during chemotherapy had fewer side effects, according to a small but intriguing new study. Fasting might allow patients to receive higher, more effective chemo doses.




Life’s smallest motor, cargo carrier of the cells, moves like a seesaw

February 17, 2010
biotech

Life’s smallest motor, a protein that shuttles cargo within cells and helps cells divide, does so by rocking up and down like a seesaw according to new high-resolution snapshots of a protein called kinesin. The result is the closest look yet at the structural changes kinesin proteins undergo as they ferry molecules. (Image: Charles Sindelar, Brandeis University)


Max Planck Florida names new CEO

February 17, 2010
biotech

The Max Planck Florida Institute has announced appointments to three scientific positions at the research facility. Dr. Michael D. Ehlers …Click Here to Read More


A new type of genetic variation could strengthen natural selection

February 17, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: David F. Salisbury david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu 615-343-6803 Vanderbilt University The unexpected discovery of a new type of genetic variation suggests that natural selection – the force that drives evolution – is both more powerful and more complex than scientists have thought. “We have d…


Random fluctuations give rise to odd genetic phenomenon

February 17, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Jennifer Hirsch jfhirsch@mit.edu 617-253-1682 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Biophysicists show that ‘incomplete penetrance’ is not just a question of nature versus nurture CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For years, biologists have wondered how it is possible that not every person who carries a mutate…


Tallahassee Innovation Park sparks

February 16, 2010
biotech

The Leon County Research and Development Authority created the Innovation Park Technology Commercialization Grant program five years ago. The recipients …Click Here to Read More


DIY Biotech from the NYT

February 16, 2010
biotech

New York Times Magazine 6-page article covering the iGEM competition. A great read…


Caltech researchers create highly absorbing, flexible solar cells with silicon wire arrays

February 16, 2010
biotech

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Contact: Lori Oliwenstein lorio@caltech.edu 626-395-3631 California Institute of Technology PASADENA, Calif. – Using arrays of long, thin silicon wires embedded in a polymer substrate, a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has created a new type of flexible solar cell that enhances the absorption of sunlight…


Nanotech discovery may green chemical manufacturing

February 16, 2010
biotech

[NEWS]

Contact: William Raillant-Clark william.raillant-clark@mcgill.ca 514-398-2189 McGill University McGill researcher develops eco-friendly nanocatalyst This release is available in French. A new nanotech cat…


Biologists image birth of blood-forming stem cells in embryo

February 14, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Kim McDonald scinews@ucsd.edu 858-534-7572 University of California – San Diego Biologists at UC San Diego have identified the specific region in vertebrates where adult blood stem cells arise during embryonic development. Their discovery, which appears in a paper in this week’s early online edition of the journal Nature,</e…