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Scientists invent first technique for producing promising anti-leukemia agent

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (4) | comments 1

Kapakahines, marine-derived natural products isolated from a South Pacific sponge in trace quantities, have shown anti-leukemia potential, but studies have been all but stalled by kapakahines' lack of availability.


Researchers pinpoint where 'bad' cholesterol levels are controlled

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 4.3 / 5 (3) | comments 0

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that a protein responsible for regulating "bad" cholesterol in the blood works almost exclusively outside cells, providing clues for the development of therapies to ...


Study points to disruption of copper regulation as key to prion diseases

Study points to disruption of copper regulation as key to prion diseases

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (7) | comments 1

(PhysOrg.com) -- An investigation of a rare, inherited form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease suggests that disrupted regulation of copper ions in the brain may be a key factor in this and other prion diseases.




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Potassium leads to better hydrogen-storage materials

Chemistry / Materials Science

created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (3) | comments 0

An international research team, including Professor Rajeev Ahuja's research group at Uppsala University, has shown that small additions of potassium drastically improve the hydrogen-storage properties of certain types of ...


Specialized polymer used to detect nerve agents, toxic chemicals for air monitoring in emergencies

Specialized polymer used to detect nerve agents, toxic chemicals for air monitoring in emergencies

Chemistry / Analytical Chemistry

created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity not rated yet | comments 1

(PhysOrg.com) -- A unique polymer that allows sensors to detect nerve agents and other toxic industrial chemicals in the air is now available to companies developing chemical detectors for emergency personnel, ...



Engineers hit pay dirt with clay mixture

Chemistry / Materials Science

created Apr 14, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (9) | comments 0

A watery, mud-like substance has hit pay dirt for Case Western Reserve University engineering professor David Schiraldi and his research group.


Next generation nanofilms created

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 14, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (1) | comments 1

With the human genome in hand, biochemists have cataloged the 3-D structures of thousands of proteins isolated from living cells. But one important class of proteins -- those stuck in the cell membranes -- has proven difficult ...


Researchers study signaling networks that set up genetic code

Researchers study signaling networks that set up genetic code

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 14, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (2) | comments 1

(PhysOrg.com) -- In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois have identified and visualized the signaling pathways in protein-RNA complexes that help set the genetic code in all organisms. The ...


Chemists uncover 'green' catalysts with promise for cheaper drug production

Chemistry / Materials Science

created Apr 13, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (7) | comments 1

(PhysOrg.com) -- A University of Toronto research team from the Department of Chemistry has discovered useful "green" catalysts made from iron that might replace the much more expensive and toxic platinum metals typically ...


A dirty job but ...

Chemistry / Other

created Apr 13, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (3) | comments 0

Byproducts from the electronics, fuel, chemical and defense industries can be far from benign. Toxic heavy metals like cadmium and lead can seep into our food chain and cause cancer. And if found in the soil, these dangerous ...


Taking the Resistance Out of Drug-Resistant Infections

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 10, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (7) | comments 1

(PhysOrg.com) -- It started out as a research project focused on getting rid of harmful bacterial accumulations called biofilms. Now it has the potential to make conventional antibiotics work against stubborn, drug-resistant ...


Scientists identify key decision-point at which cells with broken DNA repair themselves or die

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 10, 2009 | popularity not rated yet | comments 1

When cells undergo potentially catastrophic damage, for example as a result of exposure to ionizing radiation, they must make a decision: either to fix the damage or program themselves for death, a process called apoptosis.


UC Riverside biochemist to study how crops can increase protein production

Biochemists to study how crops can increase protein production

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 10, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (1) | comments 0

The small flowering plant Arabidopsis is widely used in laboratories as a model organism in plant biology.


Red-hot research could lead to new materials

Red-hot research could lead to new materials

Chemistry / Materials Science

created Apr 09, 2009 | popularity 4.4 / 5 (5) | comments 1

(PhysOrg.com) -- Recent experiments to create a fast-reacting explosive by concocting it at the nanoscopic level could result in more spectacular firework displays. But more impressive to the Missouri University ...


It's the metal in the mussel that gives mussels their muscle power

Chemistry / Materials Science

created Apr 08, 2009 | popularity 3.5 / 5 (2) | comments 1

Researchers in California are reporting for the first time that metals are key ingredients that give the coatings of anchoring byssal threads of marine mussels their amazing durability. The study could lead to the design ...


Renewable energies : the promise of organic solar cells

Chemistry / Materials Science

created Apr 08, 2009 | popularity 3.5 / 5 (6) | comments 3

(PhysOrg.com) -- In the race to renewable energy, organic solar cells are now really starting to take off. They can be manufactured easily and cheaply, they have low environmental impact, and since they are compatible with ...


Researchers devise a fast and sensitive way to detect ricin

Chemistry / Analytical Chemistry

created Apr 08, 2009 | popularity not rated yet | comments 1

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a simple, accurate, and highly sensitive test to detect and quantify ricin, an extremely potent toxin with potential use as a bioterrorism ...


Solving the mystery of what puts sperm 'in the mood'

Chemistry / Biochemistry

created Apr 08, 2009 | popularity not rated yet | comments 0

In a potential advance toward a male contraceptive pill and new treatments for infertility, researchers are reporting the identification of key biochemical changes that put sperm “in the mood” for fertilization.