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Plant defense as a biotech tool

Against voracious beetles or caterpillars plants protect themselves with cyanide. Certain enzymes release the toxic substance when the plant is chewed. These HNL-called enzymes are also important for industry. acib found ...

date6 hours ago in Biotechnology
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RNA-based drugs give more control over gene editing

In just the past few years, researchers have found a way to use a naturally occurring bacterial system known as CRISPR/Cas9 to inactivate or correct specific genes in any organism. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing activity runs continuously, ...

dateNov 16, 2015 in Biotechnology
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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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New class of DNA repair enzyme discovered

This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry was given to three scientists who each focused on one piece of the DNA repair puzzle. Now a new study, reported online Oct. 28 in the journal Nature, reports the discovery of a new class ...

dateOct 29, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Using microbes to clean up oil spills

Catherine Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology, likes to wax poetic about the complex chemistry of microbes. "I think they're elegant and beautiful," she says. Of course, she also sees their practical applications. ...

dateOct 20, 2015 in Biochemistry
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