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2012-02-29 12:46:12

Slowing or preventing the development of Alzheimer´s disease, a fatal brain condition expected to hit one in 85 people globally by 2050, may be as simple as ensuring a brain protein´s sugar levels are maintained. That´s the conclusion seven researchers, including David Vocadlo, a Simon Fraser University chemistry professor and Canada Research Chair in Chemical Glycobiology, make in the latest issue of Nature Chemical Biology. The journal has published the...

2012-02-29 08:15:00

JUPITER, Fla., Feb. 29, 2012 /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 research, development and license agreement with a leading global provider of nutritional ingredient solutions to use Dyadic's patented and proprietary C1...

2012-02-29 00:39:29

Genetic mutations to cellulose in plants could improve the conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels, according to a research team that included two Iowa State University chemists. Mei Hong, an Iowa State professor of chemistry and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, and Tuo Wang, an Iowa State graduate student in chemistry, contributed their expertise in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to the study. The study was led by Seth DeBolt,...

2012-02-23 11:15:00

CINCINNATI, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists have developed a unique compound that in laboratory tests blocks inflammation-causing molecules in blood cells known to fuel ailments like cancer and cardiovascular disease without causing harmful toxicity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110406/MM79025LOGO) Past attempts to identify new compounds that tamp down so-called reactive oxygen species (ROS) molecules in cells have been complicated by toxicity issues and...

2012-02-21 12:32:20

A team of researchers at Karolinska Institutet has generated a map over the effects of small drug-like molecules on PARP1 and other similar proteins in the body. This map may explain the mechanism behind putative side effects of the so-called PARP inhibitors, and can play an important role in the development of novel tailor-made cancer drugs. The study is presented in the journal Nature Biotechnology, and will hopefully contribute to new cancer therapies with fewer detrimental side effects....

2012-02-21 07:00:00

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Codexis, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDXS), a developer of industrial enzymes to enable the production of biofuels, bio-based chemicals, and pharmaceutical intermediates, today announced that Peter Strumph, interim Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the Jefferies Global Clean Technology Conference, to be held in New York, NY on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1:45 p.m. ET. A live webcast and replay will be available in the Investor section of...

2012-02-14 00:01:40

Fresh insights into how our cells multiply could help scientists develop drugs to treat cancer Fresh insights into how our cells multiply could help scientists develop drugs to treat cancer. Researchers have gained better understanding of the workings of two key proteins that control cell division. This process must be carried out accurately to keep cells healthy, and when it goes out of control, it can lead to cancer. The study, led by the University of Edinburgh, could contribute...

Image 1 - Mass Extinctions: Nature’s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection
2012-02-11 04:00:32

In “Mass Extinctions: Nature´s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection” Julian Lieb, M.D  provides evidence that “die-offs” or mass deaths are episodes of natural selection, caused by activation of enzymes of the arachidonic acid cascade. In prior publications, Dr Lieb showed that products of the arachidonic acid cascade are the agents of natural selection and evolution, differentiating between infertility and reproduction, and between health and...

2012-02-10 16:07:01

Rice University undergraduate simplifies tool for biomolecular research A Rice University undergraduate will depart with not only a degree but also a possible patent for his invention of an efficient way to create protein libraries, an important component of biomolecular research. Rice senior Manan Mehta discovered a method to create libraries of "circularly permuted" proteins at the suggestion of his mentor, bioengineer Jonathan Silberg. The research was reported this week in the...

2012-02-02 11:52:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With winter upon us, most people are focusing their health strategies on avoiding colds and flu. There are many common-sense ways to boost immunity - including proper hand washing, getting as much sunshine and fresh air as possible, eating a balanced, nutritious diet, and avoiding junk foods loaded with empty calories, to name a few. But the key to optimizing immunity is by mustering your body's digestive firepower. Good digestion is...