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A look at the 'marijuana' receptor

Researchers have the clearest picture yet of the receptor that causes the "high" associated with marijuana. The three-dimensional image of cannabinoid receptor 1, revealed October 20 in Cell, reveals how molecules like THC ...

dateOct 20, 2016 in Biochemistry
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Detecting microcrystals of membrane proteins

In a collaborative study, scientists from MIPT and JINR (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research) have increased the accuracy of detecting valuable protein crystals of just a few microns in size. These small crystals are now ...

dateOct 20, 2016 in Biochemistry
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Peptides vs. superbugs

Several peptides have an antibacterial effect - but they are broken down in the human body too quickly to exert this effect. Empa researchers have now succeeded in encasing peptides in a protective coat, which could prolong ...

dateOct 18, 2016 in Biochemistry
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Major advance in designer drug development

In a world-first, researchers from The University of Queensland and University of Washington (UW) have produced tailor-made peptides – an advance expected to help improve drug design and environmentally-friendly pesticides.

dateOct 14, 2016 in Biochemistry
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Researchers develop new ligase for biomedical use

Ligases are enzymes that serve critical functions in cells, helping to fuse together broken strands of DNA and RNA. These enzymes are also important bioengineering tools, useful in genetic sequencing, mutation detection and ...

dateOct 11, 2016 in Biochemistry
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