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Biologists develop efficient genetic modification of human embryonic stem cells

January 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Yang Xu scinews@ucsd.edu University of California – San Diego Biologists have developed an efficient way to genetically modify human embryonic stem cells. Their approach, which uses bacterial artificial chromosomes to swap in defective copies of genes, will make possible the rapid development of stem cell lines that can both serve as models for …


Scientists’ breakthrough in production of biofuels

January 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Lauren Anderson l.h.anderson@sheffield.ac.uk 44-114-222-1046 University of Sheffield A team of scientists from the University of Sheffield have scooped an international award in recognition of their work on an innovative device which will make the production of alternative biofuels more energy efficient. The research …


Golden ratio discovered in a quantum world

January 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Prof. Alan Tennant tennant@helmholtz-berlin.de 49-308-062-2741 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Hidden symmetry observed for the first time in solid state matter This release is available in <a href=”http://www.eurekalert.org/emb_releases_ml/2010-01/aaft-r010…


Rules governing RNA’s anatomy revealed

January 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Nancy Ross-Flanigan rossflan@umich.edu 734-647-1853 University of Michigan ANN ARBOR, Mich.—-University of Michigan researchers have discovered the rules that dictate the three-dimensional shapes of RNA molecules, rules that are based not on complex chemical interactions but simply on geometry. The work, done by a team led by H…


Nanoscience goes ‘big’

January 7, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Andrea Siedsma asiedsma@soe.ucsd.edu 858-822-0899 University of California – San Diego UCSD nanoengineering discovery could lead to enhanced electronics Nanoscience has the potential to play an enormous role in enhancing a range of products, including sensors, photovoltaics and consumer electronics. Scientists…


NYT Reporting upsurge in biopharma facility construction in Mass

January 6, 2010
biotech

According to this New York Times story, the biopharma industry is planning to build $2.3 billion worth of new facilities …Click Here to Read More


‘Nanodragster’ races toward the future of molecular machines

January 6, 2010
biotech

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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…