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Concentrated effort to gain new knowledge about membrane-bound proteins

A large grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to researcher David Drew at Stockholm University has enabled four research teams ...

In orbit or on Earth, implantable device will be commanded to release therapeutic drugs remotely

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists will receive about $1.25 million from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to develop ...

Sopping Up Proteins With Thermosponges

Researchers develop novel nanoparticle platform that proves effective in delivering protein-based drugs ... Full story

UGA researchers discover route for potential Chagas disease animal vaccine

Athens, Ga. - Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered a new way to direct a vaccine to the parasite that causes Chagas disease, a leading cause of death among young to middle-age adults in areas of South America where it is endemic. ... Full story

Right environment could improve stem cell therapies

Stem cell therapies are being hailed as a potential cure for many major health conditions, but there is much still to learn about the highly complex environments needed to optimise these therapies, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. ... Full story

Microscopic “walkers” find their way across cell surfaces

Technology could provide a way to deliver probes or drugs to cell structures without outside guidance. ... Full story

Bump-and-hole approach brings protein breakthrough

A major breakthrough by scientists at the University of Dundee in the study of a set of human proteins has the potential to unlock a huge new area of drug discovery for many diseases including cancer and inflammatory conditions. ... Full story

Seaweed menace may yield new medicines

An invasive seaweed clogging up British coasts could be a blessing in disguise. University of Greenwich scientists have won a cash award to turn it into valuable compounds which can lead to new, life-saving drugs. ... Full story

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland. ... Full story

New U.Va. Study Upends Current Theories of How Mitochondria Began

Parasitic bacteria were the first cousins of the mitochondria that power cells in animals and plants – and first acted as energy parasites in those cells before becoming beneficial, according to a new University of Virginia study that used next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to decode the genomes of 18 bacteria that are close relatives of mitochondria. ... Full story

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