A renewable bioplastic made from squid proteins
In the central Northern Pacific is an area that may be the size of Texas called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Made up of tons of floating plastic debris, the patch is killing seabirds and poisoning marine ...
Researchers discover protein protecting against chlorine
Chlorine is a common disinfectant that is used to kill bacteria, for example in swimming pools and drinking water supplies. Our immune system also produces chlorine, which causes proteins in bacteria to lose ...
Beer quality is no froth and bubble
A team of UQ scientists has been tasked with prescribing the unique molecular signature of Queensland's famous XXXX beer.
Time, energy and storage capacity determine the measurement accuracy of the 'cell computer'
Researchers from FOM institute AMOLF have discovered what determines the accuracy with which cells can measure chemical concentrations. They described the results of their research in two publications: on ...
Shortcut to protein portraits
All living organisms, from bacteria to humans, rely on proteins to perform their vital functions. How these proteins accomplish their tasks depends on their structure. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute ...
How seeds recognise the seasons
Scientists at the University of York have played a key role in new research into the way 'mother' plants use their memory of the seasons to teach their seeds the most advantageous time to germinate.
Squid supplies blueprint for printable thermoplastics
Squid, what is it good for? You can eat it and you can make ink or dye from it, and now a Penn State team of researchers is using it to make a thermoplastic that can be used in 3-D printing.
A control knob for fat? Protein that makes other proteins also regulates fat levels
Like a smart sensor that adjusts the lighting in each room and a home's overall temperature, a protein that governs the making of other proteins in the cell also appears capable of controlling fat levels in the body.
Researchers use gold substrate to allow for electron cryomicroscopy on difficult proteins
Synthesis of a symmetrical propeller protein with potential biotech applications
Investigating the structure of protein subunits and how they join together to form larger multi-unit proteins such as β-propellers can yield important insights into the evolution and activities of these ...
New studies power legacy of UW-Madison research, 60 years later
Frederick Crane was a researcher under David E. Green in the mid-1950s, during the early days of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Enzyme Institute, when he made his defining discovery.
'Trojan horse' proteins are step forward for nanoparticle-based anti-cancer and anti-dementia therapeutic approaches
Scientists at Brunel University London have found a way of targeting hard-to-reach cancers and degenerative diseases using nanoparticles, but without causing the damaging side effects the treatment normally ...
Sharing that crowded holiday flight with countless hitchhiking dust mites
As if holiday travel isn't stressful enough. Now University of Michigan researchers say we're likely sharing that already overcrowded airline cabin with countless tiny creatures including house dust mites.
Proteins stepping on 'landmines': How they survive the immense heat they create
How do some proteins survive the extreme heat generated when they catalyze reactions that can happen as many as a million times per second? Work by researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ...