Unique training program is bolstering Canada’s capacity to manufacture novel biotherapeutics

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 23 2020 As COVID-19 highlights the urgent need to increase vaccine manufacturing around the world, a unique training program is bolstering Canada's capacity to manufacture vaccines, as well as viral...

The crystalline armour that protects ants in battle

A soldier ant of the species Atta cephalotes (right) extends its mandibles towards an Acromyrmex echinatior worker ant. Mineralized body armour protects some A. echinatior workers from attack. Credit: Caitlin M. Carlson Biomaterials 24 November 2020...

Lancaster to help research invasive malaria mosquito

Lancaster University is involved in a major research project which aims to control the spread of an invasive malaria mosquito in Sudan and Ethiopia. According to the World Health Organisation, there were 228 million cases...

Some parents prioritize Thanksgiving traditions over reducing COVID-19 risks

National Poll: Over half of parents say it’s important for children to see extended family and share in holiday rituals but many also want to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at family gatherings. Credit: C.S....

CDMOs Are the Unsung Heroes of the Gene and Cell Therapy Revolution

Cell and gene therapy is booming amid the ongoing pandemic, and this is driving up demand for synthetic DNA products, often produced and delivered by CDMOs. Karen Fallen started her career at Celltech Biologics in...

Researchers discover mechanism by which abnormal proteins unleash toxicity in neurodegenerative diseases

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 23 2020 Thanks to modern medicine, humans tend to live much longer than before. Unfortunately, this also opens a wider window to develop chronic diseases with late-onset, such as neurodegenerative...

Stanford researchers explore potential for kelp to relieve ocean acidification

Ethereal, swaying pillars of brown kelp along California’s coasts grow up through the water column, culminating in a dense surface canopy of thick fronds that provide homes and refuge for numerous marine creatures. There’s...

Uniting against an invisible foe

Most experts agree: COVID-19 is going to be with us in some form for a long time. “We’re going to be studying COVID for the rest of our lives,” says Jason Moore, director of...

From lab to industry? Ideally ordered porous titania films, made at scale

High-throughput double anodization to make ordered titania through-hole membranes Credit: Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have realized high-throughput production of thin, ordered...

Accelerator makes cross-country trek to enable laser upgrade

Jefferson Lab ships its final accelerator section for a project to upgrade the world’s brightest X-ray laser Credit: DOE’s Jefferson Lab Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas...

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