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2011-09-13 12:41:17

Professor André Hudson's research could advance algaecide development Algaecide is no crime. Consider that some strains of algae produce toxins lethal to wildlife, fish and plants. Even the less harmful varieties suck oxygen out of water, suffocating living creatures in lakes, ponds, pools and aquariums. Recent algal blooms in the Great Lakes, for instance, threaten critical ecosystems. Rochester Institute of Technology scientist André Hudson and colleagues...

2011-09-07 14:01:50

Feedback mechanism coordinates cellular respiration and the degradation of free oxygen radicals Oxygen-consuming organisms obtain energy through cellular respiration, which is the transformation of carbohydrates and oxygen into carbon dioxide and water. This process also produces toxic oxygen radicals which must be decomposed immediately, as they would otherwise cause damage to cells. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now discovered a mechanism,...

2011-09-01 12:49:48

Max Planck researchers analyze the structure of an iron storage protein Microbes are omnipresent on earth. They are found as free-living microorganisms as well as in communities with other higher organisms. Thanks to modern biological techniques we are now able to address the complex communities and study the role of individual microorganisms and enzymes in more detail. Microbacterium arborescens is a bacterium, which can be found in the guts of herbivorous caterpillars. The Department...

2011-08-31 20:12:30

Scientists from the University of York have played a pivotal role in a discovery which could finally unlock the full potential of waste plant matter to replace oil as a fuel source. Professor Paul Walton and Professor Gideon Davies, of the University's Department of Chemistry, were part of an international team that has found a method to overcome the chemical intractability of cellulose, thus allowing it to be converted efficiently into bioethanol. Working with scientists in Novozymes...

2011-07-26 03:40:00

HOUSTON, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year the American public spends billions of dollars on food and beverages that are toxic to the body and devoid of natural enzymes. These may include processed, microwaved or cooked food, meat, cereal grains, milk, gluten, soy, refined sugar, and more. But are they really getting their money's worth? Not without a little extra help, says Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, a world-renowned authority on natural medicine and digestive health. "As...

2011-06-30 17:58:14

New information from fission yeast provides clues for research on cancer treatments When a cell divides, the genetic information in the chromosomes must be passed on error-free to the daughter cells. Researchers at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory in Tbingen are studying this process using fission yeast as a model organism. In cooperation with researchers at the University of Tbingen, they succeeded in attributing additional tasks to the Aurora enzymes, which were already recognized as...

2011-06-27 08:15:00

JUPITER, Fla., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (OTC Pink: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzyme and protein products for the industrial enzyme, bioenergy, and biopharmaceutical industries, announced today that it has entered into a long-term research, development and license agreement with a key provider of animal nutritional solutions throughout the world (the "Commercial Partner"),...

2011-05-27 07:05:58

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A natural product called DLPC (dilauroyl phosphatidylcholine) increases sensitivity to insulin and reduces fatty liver in mice, leading Baylor College of Medicine researchers to believe it may provide a treatment for prediabetic patients. DLPC is an unusual phospholipid and a trace component of the dietary supplement lecithin. Dr. David D. Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology at BCM, and his colleagues at first thought that DLPC would provide a useful tool...

2011-05-26 20:59:54

Researchers have discovered a tiny protein without which the soil and lab-dwelling worm C. elegans can't deliver iron-rich heme taken in from their diets to the rest of their bodies or to their developing embryos. The finding reported in the May 27th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, offers important insight into the transport of the essential ingredient in worms and other animals, including humans. Researchers say it also suggests a strategy for the development of drugs...

2011-05-26 20:58:20

Using a tiny bloodless worm, University of Maryland Associate Professor Iqbal Hamza and his team have discovered a large piece in the puzzle of how humans, and other organisms, safely move iron around in the body. The findings, published in the journal Cell, could lead to new methods for treating age-old scourges - parasitic worm infections, which affect more than a quarter of the world's population, and iron deficiency, the world's number one nutritional disorder. Using C. elegans, a common...