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Tiny Living Machines Self-assemble
2012-06-11 07:44:26

Insight may help the development of methods to treat diseases at the nanoscale Enabling bioengineers to design new molecular machines for nanotechnology applications is one of the possible outcomes of a study by University of Montreal researchers that was published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology today. The scientists have developed a new approach to visualize how proteins assemble, which may also significantly aid our understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's and...

2012-06-06 05:33:15

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Contrary to earlier reports, a new study suggests that soy protein may not preserve overall thinking abilities in women over the age of 45, but may improve memory related to facial recognition. “Our study provides strong evidence that soy supplements should not be used by post menopausal women with the main goal of enhancing overall cognitive ability,” as quoted by Victor W. Henderson, MD, MS, with Stanford University. For the study, 313 healthy...

2012-06-05 10:01:37

A new study suggests that protein knots, a structure whose formation remains a mystery, may have specific functional advantages that depend on the nature of the protein's architecture. "The presence of a knotted or slipknotted structure in a protein is relatively rare but really is very interesting," said Kenneth Millett, a professor of mathematics at UC Santa Barbara and a co-author of the paper, "Conservation of complex knotting and slipknotting patterns in proteins," published in the...

Overall Memory Skills Not Improved By Soy Consumption
2012-06-05 05:47:35

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Tofu. Bean paste. These are just a few of the products that include soybean which is thought to have health benefits in the area of memory development. However, a new study has found that soy protein may not preserve overall thinking skills in middle-aged and older women who are over the age of 45; however, soy may be able to improve memory skills linked to facial recognition. The results are published in a recent edition of Neurology, the medical journal...

2012-06-01 09:27:49

New study creates cells that act like circuits, a step toward developing cellular computers Johns Hopkins scientists have engineered cells that behave like AND and OR Boolean logic gates, producing an output based on one or more unique inputs. This feat, published in the May issue of Nature Chemical Biology, could eventually help researchers create computers that use cells as tiny circuits. Study leader Takanari Inoue, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and...

2012-05-28 19:29:08

New York University physicists have developed a method that models biological cell-to-cell adhesion that could also have industrial applications. This system, created in the laboratory of Jasna Brujić, an assistant professor in NYU's Department of Physics and part of its Center for Soft Matter Research, is an oil-in-water solution whose surface properties reproduce those found on biological cells. Specifically, adhesion between compressed oil droplets mimics the mechanical...

2012-05-28 09:49:17

The transfusion of red blood cells (RBC) is a critical component in the treatment of a number of acute and chronic medical problems. Indeed, approximately 75 million units of whole blood (~34 million liters) are annually collected worldwide for processing and eventual transfusion. Despite this massive collection effort, the need for blood constantly exceeds availability due to a combination of collection, manufacturing, storage and biological (i.e., immunological) issues. The immunological...

2012-05-25 10:15:43

There's nothing like a new pair of eyeglasses to bring fine details into sharp relief. For scientists who study the large molecules of life from proteins to DNA, the equivalent of new lenses have come in the form of an advanced method for analyzing data from X-ray crystallography experiments. The findings, just published in the journal Science, could lead to new understanding of the molecules that drive processes in biology, medical diagnostics, nanotechnology and other fields. Like...

2012-05-23 23:02:09

Three-part weight loss system now provides perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats; new HDH Pro 10 Protein Bar provides maximum protein absorption. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) May 22, 2012 MonaVie, a global leader in premium nutrition products made from the rarest ingredients in the world, announced substantial enhancements to its MonaVie RVL Premier Weight Solution line of products at its Convention of the Americas event in St. Louis, Mo., May 17—19, 2012. The MonaVie RVL...

2012-05-23 18:57:57

Mutated and intact proteins of the cytoskeleton form abnormal aggregates Malformed desmin proteins aggregate with intact proteins of the same kind, thereby triggering skeletal and cardiac muscle diseases, the desminopathies. This was discovered by researchers from the RUB Heart and Diabetes Center NRW in Bad Oeynhausen led by PD Dr. Hendrik Milting in an interdisciplinary research project with colleagues from the universities in Karlsruhe, Würzburg and Bielefeld. They report...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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