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Uncovered: 1,000 new microbial genomes

The number of microbes in a handful of soil exceeds the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, but researchers know less about what's on Earth because they have only recently had the tools to deeply explore what is just ...

dateJun 12, 2017 in Biotechnology
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Technology unlocks mold genomes for new drugs

Fungi are rich sources of natural molecules for drug discovery, but numerous challenges have pushed pharmaceutical companies away from tapping into this bounty. Now scientists at Northwestern University, the University of ...

dateJun 12, 2017 in Biotechnology
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Growth mechanism of fungi decoded

Fungi grow with tubular cells extending by kilometers. Growth takes place exclusively at the tip. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now found out how this works: Construction materials are transported ...

dateJun 08, 2017 in Biotechnology
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How plants prevent oxidative stress

When excess light energy is absorbed by plants during photosynthesis, harmful reactive oxygen species are produced. These reactive oxygen species break down important structures such as proteins and membranes, preventing ...

dateJun 08, 2017 in Biotechnology
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