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Latest Chitin Stories

2011-02-07 15:55:13

Surprising new research shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complex—structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide—are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era.

2010-06-24 14:20:28

Exposure to high levels of fungus may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks among people with certain chitinase gene variants.

2010-04-16 13:50:45

Richard Borgens and his colleagues from the Center for Paralysis Research at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine have a strong record of inventing therapies for treating nerve damage.

2010-02-09 14:30:00

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new use for the drug closantel, currently the standard treatment for sheep and cattle infected with liver fluke.

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2009-07-24 15:50:00

"Jewel beetles" are well known for their striking metallic green external skeletons that appear to change colors according to the angle of view.

2005-08-01 18:19:30

In a recent study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, scientists report on the discovery of a new molecule that is essential for degradation of the biopolymer chitin. This new molecule could eventually aid in the engineering of fungi-resistant plants and could also lead to the discovery of similar molecules that can be used in cellulose-based biofuel production.


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