Microbubbles provide new boost for biofuel production

A solution to the difficult issue of harvesting algae for use as a biofuel has been developed using microbubble technology pioneered at the University of Sheffield. The technique builds on previous research in which microbubbles were used to improve the way algae is cultivated.

3D DNA chips boost microarray accuracy

Microarrays utilise several features to enhance assay sensitivity, says Toray

Linear motion system boost lab automation

Benchtop automation is changing genetic, genome and cancer research by being able to manipulate over 200,000 yeast or bacteria cell samples per hour

Growers can boost benefits of broccoli and tomatoes

A University of Illinois study has demonstrated that agronomic practises can greatly increase the cancer-preventive phytochemicals in broccoli and tomatoes.

Sugar-hungry yeast to boost biofuel production

Engineering yeast to transform sugars more efficiently into alcohols could be an economically and environmentally sound way to replace fossil fuels, say scientists.

Mechanism behind Ritalin leaning boost

Doctors treat millions of children with Ritalin every year to improve their ability to focus on tasks, but scientists now report that Ritalin also directly enhances the speed of learning.

Fatty acids boost the birth of new neurons

Researchers have confirmed that a diet rich in polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids, patented as an LMN diet, helps boost the production of the brain's stem cells.

Reflective film can boost profits

Researchers examined the effects of covering orchard floors with reflective films on fruit colour, fruit quality, canopy light distribution, orchard temperature, and profitability.

Insulin boost restores muscle growth

Researchers have recognised that loss of responsiveness to insulin plays a major role in the loss of physical strength that occurs as people grow older.

Boost to the immune system

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may hold a key to restoring the body's immunity, which declines as we age.

Tip adapters boost productivity

Scientists seeking to automate their high throughput applications are often faced with a decision for throughput versus cost of the system: a 384-probe pipetting device is needed to ensure the system is capable of performing the required number of assays; however preparation steps require pipetting of 96 samples at a time.

Biochip technology boost for personal medicine

As biochip technology makes the transition from ‘bench to bedside’ in the clinical trial processes, improved patient therapies will result. However, a poor reimbursement climate and budgetary restrictions is dampening adoption of chip-based diagnostic kits.

Systems integration capabilities boost uptake of bioinformatics

Integration and interoperability among different software vendors, database providers, computer hardware, and in-house compilations have become the key focus of research pertaining to both bioinformatics and clinical informatics.

Biotechnology-driven therapies boost innovative treatments

Across Europe, biotechnology is driving advances in new therapies. Sean Ottewell outlines three of the latest innovations to tackle human serum albumin (HSA), hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy (HNA), and Alzheimer’s disease.

Therapeutic approaches boost peptides appeal

With a 30 per cent revenue share, Europe trails the United States as the second largest regional market for therapeutic peptides. The rising need for new therapeutic approaches combined with the potential of peptides as active pharmaceutical ingredients for effective drug formulation is contributing to rapid market development.

Holographic advances boost diagnostic sensor development

The perceived utility of biosensors ­ analytical devices based on molecules that recognise specific biological substances ­ within the consumer health, biotechnology and biomedical industries is well established.

Automation innovations provide twin boost for lab efficiency

Known as Crystal Farm, a new imaging system developed in the USA simplifies and automates protein crystallisation by integrating incubation at chosen temperatures together with optical imaging of the crystal growth plates at pre-scheduled intervals. This accelerates the process of growing diffraction-quality protein crystals.

Micro-Nanotech partnership to boost UK innovation

UK leaders in micro and nano-technology will provide businesses with unrivalled access to expertise and facilities through a new business alliance.

Nutrients in fish can boost brain development

The advice given to pregnant women over the consumption of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids should be reconsidered after an international research project involving University of Ulster scientists suggested that polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish could actually be beneficial for child development.

Intelligent Fingerprinting to be used in hospitals thanks to funding boost

New technology to detect drug-use through people’s fingerprints has been awarded a share of a £39 million healthcare grant. Intelligent Fingerprinting Ltd, a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia, has been given £425,000 to improve drug screening services in hospital A&E and coroners’ departments.






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