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2010-11-19 00:00:50

Are enzymes the most important factor in good health? According to five German health practitioners, the answer is a resounding "ËœYES". So much so, that they have written a book on their findings. (Vocus/PRWEB) November 18, 2010 Are enzymes the most important factor in good health? According to five German health practitioners, the answer is a resounding "Yes". So much so, that they have written a new book on their findings. They say that patients often leave the doctor's office...

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2010-10-05 08:36:57

Supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are helping scientists unravel how nucleic acids could have contributed to the origins of life. A research team led by Jeremy Smith, who directs ORNL's Center for Molecular Biophysics and holds a Governor's Chair at University of Tennessee, used molecular dynamics simulation to probe an organic chemical reaction that may have been important in the evolution of ribonucleic acids, or RNA, into early life...

2010-10-05 06:54:00

VIENNA, Austria and DUSSELDORF, Germany, October 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial biotech companies EUCODIS Bioscience and evocatal today announced the formation of an alliance to jointly market the companies' industrial enzyme products, including alcohol dehydrogenases, lipases, and other enzymes. The two companies will leverage their knowledge of customers' needs in their respective markets as well as their complementary resources to provide existing and future customers with a...

2010-09-30 14:49:12

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia researchers find unusual suspect holds the secret for new approach to treat severe sepsis Severe sepsis, a disease characterised by a sudden drop in blood pressure and progressive organ dysfunction following infection, remains one of the most common causes of mortality in intensive care units worldwide. Even under the best possible medical conditions, mortality rates range between 30 and 70%. A research team from the Instituto Gulbenkian de...

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2010-09-22 11:25:06

By Dennis O'Brien, ARS With the help of genetic materials from a cow's rumen, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing new ways to break down plant fibers for conversion into biofuel. To convert corn stover and switchgrass into biofuel, the plant fibers must first be broken down into sugars. But cell wall polymers are cross-linked in various ways that make them very resistant to breaking down, according to Dominic Wong, a chemist at the USDA Agricultural Research...

2010-09-20 22:35:07

Drug created by UCI, Italian team inhibits enzyme that breaks down anandamide American and Italian researchers have found that a novel drug allows anandamide "“ a marijuana-like chemical in the body "“ to effectively control pain at the site of an injury. Led by Daniele Piomelli, the Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences and director of the Center for Drug Discovery at UC Irvine, the study suggests that such compounds could form the basis of pain medications that don't...

2010-09-17 13:50:59

UCLA physicists have taken a significant step in controlling chemical reactions mechanically, an important advance in nanotechnology, UCLA physics professor Giovanni Zocchi and colleagues report. Chemical reactions in the cell are catalyzed by enzymes, which are protein molecules that speed up reactions. Each protein catalyzes a specific reaction. In a chemical reaction, two molecules collide and exchange atoms; the enzyme is the third party, the "midwife to the reaction." But the...

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2010-08-26 22:49:46

First example of Chemzyme functioning as antidoteFor the first time ever, a completely man-made chemical enzyme has been successfully used to neutralise a toxin found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Proof of concept for artificial enzymesChemzymes are designed molecules emulating the targeting and efficiency of naturally occurring enzymes and the recently graduated Dr. Bjerre is pleased about her results."Showing that these molecules are capable of decomposing toxins required vast amounts...

2010-08-26 12:55:45

Rice study measures physical effects of evolution at molecular scale A unique experiment at Rice University that forces bacteria into a head-to-head competition for evolutionary dominance has yielded new insights about the way Darwinian selection plays out at the molecular level. An exacting new analysis of the experiment has revealed precisely how specific genetic mutations impart a physical edge in the competition for survival. The new research, which could lead to more effective strategies...

2010-08-19 15:13:52

Step towards designing fats that are digested more slowly Institute of Food Research scientists have discovered an unexpected synergy that helps break down fat. The discovery provides a focus to find ways to slow down fat digestion, and ultimately to create food structures that induce satiety. "Much of the fat in processed foods is eaten in the form of emulsions such as soups, yoghurt, ice cream and mayonnaise,"" said Dr Peter Wilde from the Institute of Food Research, an institute of BBSRC....


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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