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...

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...

12 Biotech-Themed Online Courses to Try at Home During Lockdown

With national lockdowns forcing millions to stay home in the Covid-19 era, this could be a big opportunity to take an online course about the biotech industry and how to run a business in this...

Rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing of bacteria from patients’ blood via assaying bacterial metabolic response...

1. Pliakos, E. E., Andreatos, N., Shehadeh, F., Ziakas, P. D. & Mylonakis, E. The cost-effectiveness of rapid diagnostic testing for the diagnosis of bloodstream infections with or without antimicrobial stewardship. Clin. Microbiol. Rev. 31,...

High-throughput screening identifies molecules that reduce cellular stress

For many people, getting older can, unfortunately, mean an increased risk of illnesses, from cardiovascular disease to cancer. University of Michigan scientists are actively researching the biological underpinnings of ageing with the aim of...

IU School of Medicine wins $12.3 million grant for research into opioid addiction treatment

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 17 2020 Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are testing use of tezampanel, a novel antagonist at glutamate receptors that could treat opioid withdrawal syndrome and other addictions and...

How liquid biopsies allow smarter lung-cancer treatment

OUTLOOK 18 November 2020 Technologies that count tumour cells in the blood promise to improve survival times. Benjamin Plackett Benjamin Plackett is a freelance writer in London. Search for this author in: Scientists can use liquid biopsies to...

Navigating the Immunotherapy Maze

Today, the global immunotherapy drugs market is valued at €139B ($163B) and is estimated to reach a staggering value of €149.3B ($174.6B) by 2025. Without a doubt, it is a flourishing field with new...

Size dependency of gold nanoparticles interacting with model membranes

Theoretical background Investigating how NPs interact with lipid membranes is fundamental to understanding their bioactivity. The fate of a nanoparticle in contact with a lipid surface is determined by the elastic properties of membrane and...

Quantitative comparison of the biomass-degrading enzyme repertoires of five filamentous fungi

Fungal growth Five filamentous fungi, well-known for plant cell wall deconstruction, were chosen in this study, four ascomycetes, A. terreus, T. reesei, M. thermophila, N. crassa, and one basidiomycete P. chrysosporium. Studying secretomes of fungi...

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