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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...

2012-05-04 23:01:11

Extreme Human Physiologist Dr. Greg Wells of the University of Toronto Reacts To His First Experience With LivingFuel SuperEssentials Aminos On-Camera Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 04, 2012 Dr. Greg Wells´ new book, "Superbodies: How The Science Behind World-Class Athletes Can Transform Your Body And Health," is scheduled for release in two weeks. Dr. Wells is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Toronto and is also an Associate...

A Needle In A Haystack: How Does A Broken DNA Molecule Get Repaired?
2012-05-03 12:56:22

Scientists from the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology have discovered a key element in the mechanism of DNA repair. When the DNA double helix breaks, the broken end goes searching for the similar sequence and uses that as a template for repair. Using a smart new dual-molecule technique, the Delft group has now found out how the DNA molecule is able to perform this search and recognition process in such an efficient way. This week, the researchers report their...

Protein Purifier Could Help Pharmaceutical Industry Save Money
2012-05-02 03:33:21

Two Michigan State University researchers have invented a protein purifier that could help pharmaceutical companies save time and money. The details of the invention, which appear in a recent issue of the journal Langmuir, demonstrate that MSU chemists Merlin Bruening and Greg Baker´s high-performance membranes are highly suitable for protein purification, a crucial step in the development of some new drugs. Purifying proteins, the process of isolating a single, desired protein...

2012-04-29 23:01:08

Reliably quantitate protein with one of AMRESCO´s newest proteomics products, the BCS Assay. Solon, OH (PRWEB) April 29, 2012 Obtaining quality protein samples and quantifying them are essential first steps in proteomics-based research. Proteins may be isolated from any number of tissue or cell types, each likely to require individually optimized extraction methods and buffers that contain various chemicals, including salts and detergents. The varied buffer compositions influence...

2012-04-26 22:30:06

New York University biologists have discovered new mechanisms that control how proteins are expressed in different regions of embryos, while also shedding additional insight into how physical traits are arranged in body plans. The researchers investigated a specific theory–morphogen theory, which posits that proteins controlling traits are arranged as gradients, with different amounts of proteins activating genes to create specified physical features. This theory was first put forth...

2012-04-25 12:03:57

Protein design is technique that is increasingly valuable to a variety of fields, from biochemistry to therapeutics to materials engineering. University of Pennsylvania chemists have taken this kind of design a step further; using computational methods, they have created the first custom-designed protein crystal. Picking an ambitious design target with challenging features, the researchers´ success bodes well for the technique´s use in better understanding proteins´ makeup...

2012-04-25 12:00:45

University of California, San Diego scientists have used powerful computational tools and laboratory tests to discover new support for a once-marginalized theory about the underlying cause of Parkinson´s disease. The new results conflict with an older theory that insoluble intracellular fibrils called amyloids cause Parkinson´s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Instead, the new findings provide a step-by-step explanation of how a “protein-run-amok”...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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