Artificial ion channels created using DNA origami
X-ray laser helps fight sleeping sickness: Exploiting parasite's weak spot may lead to new treatments
An international group of scientists working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has mapped a weak spot in the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, pinpointing a promising new target for ...
Scientists develop new class of small molecules through innovative chemistry
Inspired by natural products, scientists on the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute have created a new class of small molecules with the potential to serve as a rich foundation for drug discovery.
Bacteria have evolved a unique chemical mechanism to become antibiotic-resistant
For the first time, scientists have been able to paint a detailed chemical picture of how a particular strain of bacteria has evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. The research is a key step toward designing ...
'Lost' samples from famous origin of life researcher could send search for first life in new direction
(PhysOrg.com) -- Stanley Miller gained fame with his 1953 experiment showing the synthesis of organic compounds thought to be important in setting the origin of life in motion. Five years later, he produced ...
The fuel of evolution: A new hypothesis about how complex life emerged on Earth
When life on Earth first emerged about 4 billion years ago, it was simple by today's standards.
Long-standing plant biochemistry mystery solved
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered how an enzyme "knows" where to insert a double bond ...
Self-assembling anti-cancer molecules created in minutes
Researchers have developed a simple and versatile method for making artificial anti-cancer molecules that mimic the properties of one of the body's natural defence systems.
Envelope for an artificial cell
(PhysOrg.com) -- Chemists have taken an important step in making artificial life forms from scratch. Using a novel chemical reaction, they have created self-assembling cell membranes, the structural envelopes ...
Did clay mould life's origins?
(PhysOrg.com) -- An Oxford University scientist has taken our understanding of the origin of life a step further.
Genetic code used to engineer a living protein
Yale University researchers have successfully re-engineered the protein-making machinery in bacteria, a technical tour de force that promises to revolutionize the study and treatment of a variety of diseases.
Scientists unlock mystery of how the 22nd amino acid is produced
The most recently discovered amino acid, pyrrolysine, is produced by a series of just three chemical reactions with a single precursor the amino acid lysine, according to new research.
Beewolves protect their offspring with antibiotics
Digger wasps of the genus Philanthus, so-called beewolves, house beneficial bacteria on their cocoons that guarantee protection against harmful microorganisms. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Ch ...
Research team achieves critical step to opening elusive class of compounds to drug discovery
Taxanes are a family of compounds that includes one of the most important cancer drugs ever discovered, Taxol®, among other cancer treatments. But the difficulty producing these complex molecules in the ...