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Drug discovery techniques focus on speed and cost reduction

Drug discovery relies on a huge range of techniques, from polymerase chain reaction analysis to clinical trial design. Here we highlight the latest innovations designed to cut costs and increase the speed of new drug discovery



Natural products drug discovery symposium announced

Groundbreaking research into the development of new medicines from the earth’s natural resources will be the focus of a symposium in March, hosted by the University of Aberdeen.



Dental discovery to benefit forensic practitioners and anthropologists

Research shows that human milk teeth do not develop in the same way as adult permanent teeth. Forensic practitioners and anthropologists will be among those to benefit from new University of Kent research on the dental development of humans.



Discovery of why sunburn hurts could lead to new pain relief drugs for inflammatory conditions

Researchers have found a molecule in the body which controls sensitivity to pain from UVB irradiation



Developing new solutions for biomarker discovery

QuantiPlasma Array is a monoclonal antibody microarray to assess the level of multiple proteins in human plasma



Fragment-based drug discovery

Heptares deploys StaRsR to unlock the power of fragment screening for intractable GPCR drug targets



Scientists’ discovery already saving patients’ lives

Patients in the UK with a hereditary immune disorder are benefiting from life-saving treatment, thanks to the work of scientists at Newcastle University.



Open source innovation increasingly being used in drug discovery

New discoveries have led to the need for new ways to tap the vast amounts of information, so as to optimise its potential use



Discovery of controlled swarm in bacteria

A study led by researchers from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona describes one of the mechanisms in which pathogenic bacteria populations control the way they spread over the surface of the organs they infect and stop when they detect the presence of an antibiotic, only to resume again when the effect wears off.



Discovery of world's deepest undersea volcanic vents

Berkshire-based remote handling specialists, Hydro-Lek Ltd, have partnered with National Oceanography Centre in Southampton to develop HyBIS, the deep ocean sampling/observation system.



Discovery may green chemical manufacturing

A new nanotech catalyst offers industry an opportunity to reduce the use of expensive and toxic heavy metals.



Discovery could help to prevent blindness

Scientists have uncovered a new gene that could help save the sight of patients with a type of inherited blindness.



Gene function discovery

Scientists have created a new computational model that can be used to predict gene function of uncharacterised plant genes with unprecedented speed and accuracy.



From biological basics to diabetes discovery

An international team comprising researchers from more than 100 institutions analysed vast suites of genetic data from more than 100,000 people of European descent to uncover diabetic associations.



Game-changing nanodiamond discovery

A study shows that coupling a magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent to a nanodiamond results in dramatically enhanced signal intensity and thus vivid image contrast.



Discovery could lead to enhanced electronics

Nanoscience has the potential to play an enormous role in enhancing a range of products, including sensors, photovoltaics and consumer electronics.



Discovery of enzyme activation process

Researchers have determined how a 'chemical chaperone' does its job in the body, which could lead to a new class of drugs to help reduce the muscle damage caused by heart attacks.



Maize discovery boosts biofuel research

Researchers have helped identify and group the genes thought to be responsible for cell wall development in maize, an effort that expands their ability to discover ways to produce the biomass best suited for biofuels production.



Discovery of new type of immune cells

Scientists have discovered a new type of immune cells - the Th22 cells - which can protect the body against inflammation and aid in tissue repair.



Fish vision discovery makes waves

Researchers have identified the first fish known to have switched from ultraviolet vision to violet vision, or the ability to see blue light. The discovery is also the first example of an animal deleting a molecule to change its visual spectrum.



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