Latest Chitin Stories
Scientists may soon be able to make pest insects buzz off for good or even turn them into models for new technologies, all thanks to a tiny finding with enormous potential.
Surprising new research shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complexâ€”structural materials containing protein and polysaccharideâ€”are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era.
Exposure to high levels of fungus may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks among people with certain chitinase gene variants.
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.
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.
"Jewel beetles" are well known for their striking metallic green external skeletons that appear to change colors according to the angle of view.
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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