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2012-06-13 14:28:10

A long-used anti-cancer drug could be a starting point to develop new treatments for the incurable nerve disease known as Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), scientists are reporting. Their research showing how the drug prevents clumping of an enzyme linked to ALS appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Lucia Banci, Ivano Bertini and colleagues explain that ALS causes a progressive loss of muscle control as the nerves that control body movements...

2012-06-12 10:38:23

A small molecule developed at the Weizmann Institute prevents a cancer-causing message from entering the cell nucleus What´s good news in one setting might spell disaster in another. In cancer for instance, when a certain cell is commanded to grow and divide without restraint, it´s a welcome message for the cell itself but a tragedy for the person who harbors this cell in his or her body. Weizmann Institute scientists have managed to decipher and block one type of molecular...

2012-06-11 20:10:12

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, are working to develop substances that can prevent parasites, bacteria and fungi from producing essential proteins, research that could, in the long term, lead to new drugs for several major diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases — a type of enzyme — are important targets for the development of new drugs for several major diseases such as cancer, various parasitic diseases...

2012-06-11 11:53:36

Technique will help scientists understand how cells' common sugar molecules influence inflammation, cancer metastasis, and related conditions Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have developed chemical compounds that can make key modifications to common sugar molecules ("glycans"), which are found on the surface of all cells in our body. The new study presents powerful new tools for studying these molecules' function, for example in cell signaling and immunity, and for...

2012-06-04 19:23:56

Findings suggest ways to increase oil production for biofuels and industrial processes Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified key elements in the biochemical mechanism plants use to limit the production of fatty acids. The results suggest ways scientists might target those biochemical pathways to increase the production of plant oils as a renewable resource for biofuels and industrial processes. "Now that we understand how this...

2012-05-25 10:00:28

Amino acid consumption associated with how fast cancer cells divide For almost a century, researchers have known that cancer cells have peculiar appetites, devouring glucose in ways that normal cells do not. But glucose uptake may tell only part of cancer's metabolic story. Researchers from the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital looked across 60 well-studied cancer cell lines, analyzing which of more than 200 metabolites were consumed or released by the fastest dividing...

The Cellular Secrets of Plant Fatty Acid Production Understood
2012-05-14 13:46:38

Chalcone-isomerase protein holds much promise of economic benefit A curious twist in a family of plant proteins called chalcone- isomerase recently was discovered by Salk Institute for Biological Studies scientist Joseph Noel and colleagues at Iowa State University led by Eve Wurtele. Pursuing basic scientific discovery, they found three similar proteins that could soon translate into positive results for bio-renewable fuels, commodity chemicals like plastics, food security and...

2012-05-11 23:00:28

Now available from Swanson Health Products: Stimulant free Swanson Ultra ZIP EX2 Enzymatic Energizer featuring digestive enzymes, natural herbs and specific vitamins to provide long lasting energy without jitters or crash. Fargo, ND (PRWEB) May 11, 2012 Most energy drinks deliver a quick, temporary boost in energy followed by a rise in blood sugar from the excessive amounts of sugar and a stimulant crash from caffeine. An alternative, natural solution to energy management is now available...

2012-05-02 13:18:13

The latest episode in the American Chemical Society´s (ACS´) award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series focuses on adaptation of the ubiquitous personal glucose monitor, typically used to test blood sugar levels, for possible home use in testing for viruses and bacteria in human body fluids, food and other substances. Based on research by Yi Lu, Ph.D., and colleagues and reported in ACS´ journal Analytical Chemistry, the new podcast is available...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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