Small but versatile

Key players in the marine nitrogen cycle can utilize cyanate and urea Credit: © K. Kitzinger / Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology The ammonia oxidizing archaea, or Thaumarchaeota, are amongst the most abundant marine microorganisms. Yet, we are still discovering which factors allow them to thrive in the ocean: A new publication reveals that […]

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Half a million tests and many mosquitoes later, new buzz about a malaria prevention drug

Researchers tested chemical compounds for their ability to inhibit the malaria parasite at an earlier lifecycle stage than most current drugs, revealing chemical starting points for new malaria preventatives Credit: UC San Diego Health Most malaria drugs are designed to reduce symptoms after infection. They work by blocking replication of the disease-causing parasites in human […]

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Scientists Repurpose Skin Cells to Fight Cancer

Researchers have reprogrammed skin cells to make them behave like immune cell sentinels called dendritic cells, which can recruit the immune system to fight tumors. This discovery makes a step toward better cancer immunotherapy. “We are merging two different areas of research,” Carlos-Filipe Pereira, from Lund University, Sweden, said to me. “One of them is […]

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MD Anderson study shows key enzyme linked to therapy resistance in deadly lung cancer

Two existing therapies may have potential for further study in treatment of EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancers Credit: MD Anderson Cancer Center Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a link between an enzyme tied to cancer formation and therapy resistance in patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutant non-small […]

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Scientists discover how birds and dinosaurs evolved to dazzle with colourful displays

Credit: Photographs of Scaniacypselus and Primotrogon by Jakob Vinther and Fiann Smithwick. Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to a new study of feathers from almost 100 modern bird species, scientists have gained new insights into how this colour diversity evolved. Iridescence refers to […]

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When scientists push people to their tipping point

We’re bad at knowing when we will fall — or when we’re upright Credit: Ohio State University COLUMBUS, Ohio – You probably overestimate just how far someone can push you before you reach your tipping point, new research suggests. No, we’re not talking about your emotional tipping point. A new study examined how far people […]

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This Incubator Knows How to Get Biotechs Started

When it comes to drug discovery and development, nowadays a lot of the work is done by small- or medium-sized healthcare companies. The biopharma industry heavily relies on their results, so SMEs carry an immense load on their shoulders. But without outside help, their mission is nearly impossible. Melinda Richter, Global Head of Johnson & […]

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10 Holiday Gifts for the Biotechnologist in Your Life

Socks and sweaters are great gifts for Christmas, but sometimes, a bit of biotech love goes a long way. Here’s a list of cool holiday gifts to get for your biotech friends and family. Whether it’s a personal microscope, a poster of a bacteriophage virus, or a board game to fight it out with colleagues, […]

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