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Microbes could make drug production more efficient

Alkaloid-based pharmaceuticals derived from plants can be potent treatments for a variety of illnesses. But getting these powerful therapeutic agents from plants can take a long time and cost plenty of money, because it often ...

dateMar 23, 2017 in Biochemistry
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The protective layer of prehistoric land plants

An international research team has discovered a biochemical pathway that is responsible for the development of moss cuticles. These waxy coverings of epidermal cells are the outer layer of plants and protect them from water ...

dateMar 08, 2017 in Biotechnology
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Scientists show how cells communicate

Primary cilia are antenna-like structures present on the surface of most cells in the human body. The cilia are essential mediators of communication between cell types in the body. If the cilia are defective, this communication ...

dateFeb 01, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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A new path to fixing genes in living organisms

A unique gene-editing method that efficiently inserts DNA into genes located in dividing and non-dividing cells of living rats has been developed by a team of international researchers, including scientists from KAUST.

dateJan 30, 2017 in Biotechnology
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