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New weapons to battle bacterium behind ulcers

Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that lives in the gut of more than 50 per cent of the world's population, and is the most common bacterial infection worldwide. It is responsible for most peptic ulcers and is a significant ...

dateNov 24, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Getting under the skin of a medieval mystery

A simple PVC eraser has helped an international team of scientists led by bioarchaeologists at the University of York to resolve the mystery surrounding the tissue-thin parchment used by medieval scribes to produce the first ...

dateNov 23, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Mitochondria on guard of human life

A group of researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State University in collaboration with Russian Science Foundation has developed a unique method for the selective study of electron transport chain in living mitochondria by using ...

dateNov 18, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Lighting up liraglutide

Ludwig Maximilian University researchers have incorporated a light-sensitive switch into liraglutide, a drug that is used to treat diabetes. In the long term, the new photoresponsive variant could help to alleviate the side-effects ...

dateNov 13, 2015 in Biochemistry
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No more brown apples?

The longer an apple retains its beautiful colour, the better it is – especially for the food industry. Therefore, the industry works intensely on inhibiting the "browning" of fruits. Chemists of the University of Vienna ...

dateNov 11, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Microbes map path toward renewable energy future

In the quest for renewable fuels, scientists are taking lessons from a humble bacterium that fills our oceans and covers moist surfaces the world over. While the organism captures light to make food in a process called photosynthesis, ...

dateNov 11, 2015 in Biochemistry
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New evidence emerges on the origins of life

In the beginning, there were simple chemicals. And they produced amino acids that eventually became the proteins necessary to create single cells. And the single cells became plants and animals. Recent research is revealing ...

Scientists produce cancer drug from rare plant in lab

Many of the drugs we take today to treat pain, fight cancer or thwart disease were originally identified in plants, some of which are endangered or hard to grow. In many cases, those plants are still the primary source of ...

Bottle-brush design enhances cellular imaging

The bottle brush, with its long stalk and dense spray of plastic bristles, is the unsung hero of kitchens everywhere, fitting through the narrow necks of water bottles and vases and into the hard-to-reach interiors of mugs ...

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