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Behavior modification could ease concerns about nanoparticles

December 16, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society In an advance that could help ease health and environmental concerns about the emerging nanotechnology industry, scientists are reporting development of technology for changing the behavior of nanoparticles in municipal sewage treatment plants – their main gat…


Toward home-brewed electricity with ‘personalized solar energy’

December 16, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society New scientific discoveries are moving society toward the era of “personalized solar energy,” in which the focus of electricity production shifts from huge central generating stations to individuals in their own homes and communities. That’s the top…


Stem-cell activators switch function, repress mature cells

December 16, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Darrell E. Ward darrell.ward@osumc.edu 614-293-3737 Ohio State University Medical Center COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a developing animal, stem cells proliferate and differentiate to form the organs needed for life. A new study shows how a crucial step in this process happens and how a reversal of that step contributes to cancer. </…


DNA needs a good editor

December 14, 2009
biotech

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Contact: George Hunka ghunka@aftau.org 212-742-9070 American Friends of Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv University researchers unravel the mysteries of DNA packaging Imagine a huge spool of film containing thousands of sequences of random scenes. Without a talented editor, a screening would have no meaning. The RNA &qu…


Nanoprobes hit targets in tumors, could lessen chemo side effects

December 14, 2009
biotech

[NEWS]

Contact: Brian Wallheimer bwallhei@purdue.edu 765-496-2050 Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tiny nanoprobes have shown to be effective in delivering cancer drugs more directly to tumor cells – mitigating the damage to nearby healthy cells – and Purdue University research has shown that the nanoprobes are getting the drugs to right cel…


‘Rock-breathing’ bacteria could generate electricity and clean up oil spills

December 14, 2009
biotech

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Contact: Simon Dunford s.dunford@uea.ac.uk 44-160-359-2203 University of East Anglia A discovery by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) could contribute to the development of systems that use domestic or agricultural waste to generate clean electricity. Published today by the leading scientific journal, Proceedin…


Scientists use nanosensors for first time to measure cancer biomarkers in blood

December 13, 2009
biotech

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Contact: Suzanne Taylor Muzzin suzanne.taylormuzzin@yale.edu 203-432-8555 Yale University New Haven, Conn. – A team led by Yale University researchers has used nanosensors to measure cancer biomarkers in whole blood for the first time. Their findings, which appear December 13 in the advanced online publication of Nature Nanotechnol…


Should gene sequences be patented?

December 11, 2009
biotech

Today’s Science Friday had a truly high-quality discussion on the court case surrounding Myriad Genetics’ patents on genes known as …Click Here to Read More


VGTI to start construction

December 10, 2009
biotech

TRADITION, Florida — Oregon Health & Science University’s Florida Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute got the green light to start …Click Here to Read More


New ethical questions are being raised in stem cell research

December 10, 2009
biotech

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Contact: Carmen Leibel carmen.leibel@ualberta.ca 780-492-0436 University of Alberta A groundbreaking discovery two years ago that turned ordinary skin cells back into an embryonic or “pluripotent” state was hailed as the solution to the controversial ethical question that has plagued stem-cell science for the past decade. …