Chemical chaperones have helped proteins do their jobs for billions of years
An ancient chemical, present for billions of years, appears to have helped proteins function properly since time immemorial.
New research shows Phosphorus recovery from wastewater viable
Phosphorus is a precious element, with all life depending on it. It is an essential nutrient for plant growth and an important constituent of fertiliser used in agriculture.
Last universal common ancestor more complex than previously thought
Scientists call it LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, but they don't know much about this great-grandparent of all living things. Many believe LUCA was little more than a crude assemblage of molecular parts, a chemical ...
Engineered bacteria mop up mercury spills
Thousands of tonnes of toxic mercury are released into the environment every year. Much of this collects in sediment where it is converted into toxic methyl mercury, and enters the food chain ending up in the fish we eat. ...
Newly discovered mechanism by which blood clots form
Polyphosphate from blood platelets plays a key role in inflammation and the formation of blood clots, scientists from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have shown. The study, which is presented in the prestigious ...
New study reveals the protein that makes phosphate chains in yeast
Phosphate chains store energy and have many more different functions in a cell.