Blowfly protein key to terror poison antidote
A protein that costs the Australian sheep industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year may also pave the way to an antidote for chemical warfare agents.
It slices, it dices, it silences: ADAR1 as gene-silencing modular RNA multitool
RNA, once considered a bit player in the grand scheme by which genes encode protein, is increasingly seen to have a major role in human genetics. In a study presented in the April 25 issue of the journal Cell, researchers from T ...
New view of how embryos develop: Imaging technique allows researchers to see how cells form early spinal cord structures
(Phys.org) —In a factory, outside forces dictate the assembly of parts. Robots lift widgets from trays, assemble them and send them on their way. Even though embryos are not factories, theories about embryonic ...
Cost-saving measure to upgrade ethanol to butanol—a better alternative to gasoline
Scientists today reported a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as "the gasoline of the future." ...
Scientists have developed a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory that sends data through mobile phone
Humans are veritable chemical factories—we manufacture thousands of substances and transport them, via our blood, throughout our bodies. Some of these substances can be used as indicators of our health ...
Transforming urban wasteland into opportunity
How can disused urban sites be regenerated sustainably? A new book addresses this important issue.
Japan tsunami town on watch for shark deal
An international agreement to protect sharks could spell trouble for one tsunami-wrecked port in Japan as it struggles back to its feet two years after being swept away, locals say.
Advance in re-engineering photosynthesis to make drugs, compounds or ingredients
Scientists are reporting an advance in re-engineering photosynthesis to transform plants into bio-factories that manufacture high-value ingredients for medicines, fabrics, fuels and other products. They report ...
China considers BBQ ban to combat smog
China is considering a ban on barbecues to help reduce air pollution in built-up areas after heavy smog recently choked large swathes of the country, state media reported Wednesday.
Foxconn to widen scope of union elections
Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group, a leading maker of Apple's iPhones and gadgets for other global brands, is widening the scope of union elections at its sprawling facilities in China.
Discovery in synthetic biology takes us a step closer to new 'industrial revolution'
Scientists report that they have developed a method that cuts down the time it takes to make new 'parts' for microscopic biological factories from two days to only six hours.
Developing microbial cell factories by employing synthetic small regulatory RNAs
A Korean research team led by Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, reported that synthetic small RNA can be employed ...
Achilles' heel of pathogenic bacteria discovered
Multidrug-resistant bacteria remain a major concern for hospitals and nursing homes worldwide. Propagation of bacterial resistance is alarming and makes the search for new antimicrobials increasingly urgent. Scientists at ...
New big data survey shows potential for business
For the first time ever, a total 1.8 zettabytes of data were generated worldwide last year – and according to forecasts, the volume will continue to double every two years. So, one key question we can ask ...