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‘Nanodragster’ races toward the future of molecular machines

January 6, 2010
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Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society Scientists in Texas are reporting the development of a “nanodragster” that may speed the course toward development of a new generation of futuristic molecular machines. The vehicle – only 1/50,000th the width of a human hair – resembles a hot-rod i…


Study identifies a protein complex possibly crucial for triggering embryo development

January 6, 2010
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Contact: Tom Hughes tahughes@unch.unc.edu 919-966-6047 University of North Carolina School of Medicine CHAPEL HILL – The DNA contained within each of our cells is exactly the same, yet different types of cells – skin cells, heart cells, brain cells – perform very different functions. The ultimate fate of these cells is encoded not jus…


MIT neuroengineers silence brain cells with multiple colors of light

January 6, 2010
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Contact: Jen Hirsch jfhirsch@mit.edu 617-253-1682 Massachusetts Institute of Technology New tools show potential for treating brain disorders CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Neuroscientists at MIT have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. When targeted …


From crickets to whales, animal calls have something in common

January 5, 2010
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Contact: John Pastor jdpastor@ufl.edu 352-273-5815 University of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Scientists who compare insect chirps with ape calls may look like they are mixing aphids and orangutans, but researchers have found common denominators in the calls of hundreds of species of insects, birds, fish, frogs, lizards and mammals that can be pred…


Insect cells provide the key to alternative swine flu vaccination

January 4, 2010
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Contact: Ben Norman Benorman@wiley.com 44-124-377-0375 Wiley-Blackwell New production method can meet the demand of a global flu pandemic Scientists in Vienna have developed a new technique for producing vaccines for H1N1, 'swine flu', based on insect cells. The research, published today in the <e…


How to build bone: Separate bone formation from bone destruction

January 4, 2010
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Contact: Karen Honey press_releases@the-jci.org 215-573-1850 Journal of Clinical Investigation Treatments for osteoporosis (a disease characterized by reduced bone density, which leads to an increased risk of fracture) need to increase the amount and/or quality of bone. As bone formation is tightly coupled to bone destruction, researchers …


Virus may chauffeur useful ‘packages’ into plants

January 4, 2010
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Contact: Kathleen Phillips ka-phillips@tamu.edu 979-845-2872 Texas A&M AgriLife Communications COLLEGE STATION – This time of year, the word “virus” conjures up a bedridden stint with coughs and chills – something everyone goes to great lengths to avoid. But scientists for Texas AgriLife Research have gone the distan…


Trod Medical builds outpost in Manatee County

January 2, 2010
biotech

Paris-based Trod Medical has opened it’s US headquarters in Bradenton. The office will be primarily sales and administration for the …Click Here to Read More


HealthChem Diagnostics to build manufacturing facility in St. Lucie

January 2, 2010
biotech

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, Inc. (EDC) has assisted in the expansion to St. Lucie County of …Click Here to Read More


Carbon nanotubes show promise for high-speed genetic sequencing

December 31, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: joe Caspermeyer joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu 480-258-8972 Arizona State University Faster sequencing of DNA holds enormous potential for biology and medicine, particularly for personalized diagnosis and customized treatment based on each individual’s genomic makeup. At present however, sequencing technology remains cumberso…