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2012-07-12 23:01:59

National Science Foundation Awards Phase I Small Business Innovative Research Grant for Engineering Cellulase Enzymes. Pasadena, California (PRWEB) July 12, 2012 The National Science Foundation awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I grant to Protabit, LLC, a Pasadena-based spin-out from the California Institute of Technology. The grant will be used to engineer cellulase enzymes that are used in the production of biofuels from non-edible corn stover biomass. Protabit is...

2012-07-10 15:24:19

Exploiting "molecular glues" to target disease relevant proteolytic enzymes Scientists at the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany identified a novel strategy to target the oncologically relevant protein-cleaving enzyme Taspase1. Taspase1 levels are not only elevated in cancer cells of patients with head and neck tumors and other solid malignancies but the enzyme is also critical for the development of leukemias. Central to this concept is the...

2012-07-10 10:27:29

Diels and Alder won the Nobel; now UCLA's Kendall Houk makes the movie In 1928, chemists Otto Diels and Kurt Alder first documented diene synthesis, a chemical reaction important for synthesizing many polymers, alkaloids and steroids. Their work on this mechanism, which came to be known as the Diels—Alder reaction, won them the 1950 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Since then, the iconic reaction has become the most commonly used and studied mechanism in organic chemistry. But what...

2012-07-04 23:03:01

The novel Natural Sciences Repository aims to provide reliable information on various areas of scientific interest and presents it's content in the simplest words and terms possible. The site has now added the categories Acid Alkaline Diet and Enzyme to it's Acid section. The Diet category contains scientific information on the acid alkaline diet, which is a form of dietary practice based on the belief that several foods we consume leave an alkaline residue in the body. The second newly...

Genetic Reservoir Of Heat-Loving Bacteria Tapped Into By BESC researchers
2012-07-02 14:39:12

The identification of key proteins in a group of heat-loving bacteria by researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center could help light a fire under next-generation biofuel production. Scientists have long been on the hunt for cost-effective ways to break down complex plant material such as switchgrass in order to access sugars that are fermented to make biofuels. Conventional processes involve the addition of commercially produced enzymes to break down the cellulose....

Ancestral Fungus May Have Influenced Coal Formation
2012-07-01 10:03:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that the evolution of a fungus known as white rot may have ended a 60-million-year-long period responsible for coal deposition. Coal deposits that occurred because of the Carboniferous Period, which ended about 300 million years ago, have fueled about 50 percent of U.S. electric power generation as recently as 2010. The research, presented online in the June 29 edition of Science, points to the evolution of...


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