News tagged with synthetic proteins

First successful total synthesis of Erythropoietin

(—"Blood is quite a peculiar kind of juice"—that is what Mephisto knew, according to Goethe's "Faust". But if blood really is very special, then erythropoietin (EPO) must be a very special molecule, as it triggers ...

dateOct 15, 2012 in Biochemistry
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Molecular code cracked

( -- Scientists have cracked a molecular code that may open the way to destroying or correcting defective gene products, such as those that cause genetic disorders in humans.

dateAug 17, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Molding the business end of neurotoxins

For snakes, spiders, and other venomous creatures, the "business end," or active part, of a toxin is the area on the surface of a protein that is most likely to undergo rapid evolution in response to environmental constraints, ...

dateFeb 23, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Portable device will quickly detect pathogens

( -- Two Cornell professors will combine their inventions to develop a handheld pathogen detector that will give health care workers in the developing world speedy results to identify in the field such pathogens ...

dateJan 31, 2012 in Biochemistry
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Active compounds against Alzheimer's disease

More than half of all cases of dementia in the elderly can be attributed to Alzheimer's disease. Despite vast research efforts, an effective therapy has not been developed, and treatment consists of dealing with the symptoms. ...

dateJan 12, 2012 in Biochemistry
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