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Synthetic enzymes a reality

Chemists have been able to design synthetic molecules able to mimic the activity of naturally occurring enzymes - a significant advance.



Quantum dots penetrate skin

Researchers have found that quantum dot nanoparticles can penetrate the skin if there is an abrasion, providing insight into potential workplace concerns.



Analysing the body's metabolism

Scientists have shown that biological indicators for diseases caused or influenced by environmental factors can be detected by the systemic analysis of the body's metabolism.



Transient binding proteins

Most of the functions performed by a cell are the result of interactions between proteins, which recognise their binding partner by affinity features localised on the protein surface.



Footrot vaccine close

Monash University scientists have started clinical trials to find a successful vaccine against footrot in sheep that will span three years.



Have sex to avoid problems

A recent study indicates that men who have intercourse more often are less likely to develop erectile dysfunction.



Crawling the Web: Morbidity/Mortality

Everyday, Scientist Live turns its eyes to the Web around it and highlights news and research across the Internet. Today we look take an extended look at morbidity and mortality.



Manufacturing the natural

Researchers are attempting to recreate nature in the laboratory by creating synthetics that closely mimic materials that occur naturally.



Surprise statin discovery

Drugs used to treat high cholesterol have profound effects on glial progenitor cells, pushing them towards shedding their flexibility.



Titanium implant progress

Titanium is currently the most frequently used biomaterial in oral implantology, and titanium-based materials are often used to replace lost tissue in several parts of the body.



Managing cell maintenance

Scientists identified a new mechanism of the UVRAG tumour suppressor in regulating how a cell digests its own content in order to maintain homeostasis.



New antibiotic in development

A new drug targets the gene that promotes antibiotic resistance in bacteria, a finding that holds potential in treating deadly strains like MRSA.



Salt tolerant grasses

A researcher tried to identify a salt tolerance limit for native and ornamental turf grasses in hopes of finding a variety that can be used along highways without being killed when roadway salt.



Eating towards intelligence

According to research conducted at MIT, dietary nutrients found in a wide range of foods from infant formula to eggs increase brain synapses and improve cognitive abilities.



Mass informatics platform

Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the introduction of Thermo Scientific Proteome Discoverer, a new proteomics analysis software platform.



Quasiparticle finding

Weizmann Institute physicists have demonstrated, for the first time, the existence of 'quasiparticles' with one quarter the charge of an electron.



New pathogen from pigs' stomach

Scientists have isolated a new bacterium in pigs' stomachs thanks to a pioneering technique, offering hope of new treatments to people who suffer with stomach ulcers.



Surprising graphene

Graphene is the two-dimensional crystalline form of carbon: a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in hexagons, like a sheet of chicken wire with an atom at each nexus.



Blocking malaria transmission

By disrupting the potassium channel of the malaria parasite, a team of researchers has been able to prevent the malaria parasites from forming in mosquitoes.



Nanoparticle drug delivery

Engineers have created the first synthetic nanoparticles that can penetrate a cell without poking a hole in its protective membrane and killing it.



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