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Liposomal gene delivery mediated by tissue-engineered scaffolds

December 5, 2009
biotech

Mangesh Kulkarni, Udo Greiser, Timothy O’Brien, Abhay Pandit. In the absence of any ideal gene delivery carrier despite the recent explosion of novel carrier systems, the current trend is to explore the complementary synergy promised by a combination of deli….

Enzyme engineering for enantioselectivity: from trial-and-error to rational design?

December 5, 2009
biotech

Linda G. Otten, Frank Hollmann, Isabel W.C.E. Arends. The availability of tailored enzymes is crucial for the implementation of biocatalysis in organic chemistry. Enantioselectivity is one key parameter defining the usefulness of an enzyme and, there….

Single cells as experimentation units in lab-on-a-chip devices

December 5, 2009
biotech

Séverine Le Gac, Albert van den Berg. ‘Lab-on-a-chip’ technology (LOC) has now reached a mature state and is employed commonly in research in the life sciences. LOC devices make novel experimentation possible while providing a sophist….

De novo prediction of structured RNAs from genomic sequences

December 5, 2009
biotech

Jan Gorodkin, Ivo L. Hofacker, Elfar Torarinsson, Zizhen Yao, Jakob H. Havgaard, Walter L. Ruzzo. Growing recognition of the numerous, diverse and important roles played by non-coding RNA in all organisms motivates better elucidation of these cellular components. Comparative genomics is a powe….

Nanofiber micelles from the self-assembly of block copolymers

December 5, 2009
biotechnology

Jieshu Qian, Meng Zhang, Ian Manners, Mitchell A. Winnik. Micelles are formed when block copolymers are dissolved in solvents selective for one of the blocks. In contrast to micelles formed by surfactants, block copolymer micelles are generally more robu….

Monitoring protein interactions and dynamics with solvatochromic fluorophores

December 5, 2009
biotech

Galen S. Loving, Matthieu Sainlos, Barbara Imperiali. Solvatochromic fluorophores possess emission properties that are sensitive to the nature of the local microenvironment. These dyes have been exploited in applications ranging from the study of pro….

UD scientists take theoretical research on ‘nasty’ molecule to next level

December 4, 2009
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Contact: Tracey Bryant tbryant@udel.edu 302-831-8185 University of Delaware Some atoms don't always follow the rules. Take the beryllium dimer, a seemingly simple molecule made up of two atoms that University of Delaware physicists Krzysztof Szalewicz and Konrad Patkowski and colleague Vladimír Spirko of the Academy of Sciences of t…

Scientists discover gene module underlying atherosclerosis development

December 4, 2009
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Contact: Press Officer Katarina Sternudd katarina.sternudd@ki.se 46-852-483-895 Karolinska Institutet By measuring the total gene activity in organs relevant for coronary artery disease (CAD), scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have identified a module of genes that is important for the recruitment of white b…

Stem cells battle for space

December 4, 2009
biotech

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Contact: Audrey Huang audrey@jhmi.edu 410-614-5105 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions The body is a battle zone. Cells constantly compete with one another for space and dominance. Though the manner in which some cells win this competition is well known to be the survival of the fittest, how stem cells duke it out for space and survival is…

How to read brain activity?

December 4, 2009
biotech

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Contact: Dr. Kevin Whittingstall kevin.whittingstall@tuebingen.mpg.de 009-707-160-11606 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft For the very first time, scientists show what EEG can really tell us about how the brain functions The electroencephalogram (EEG) is widely used by physicians and scientists to study brain functi…