Engineering enzymes to help solve the planet’s plastic problem

Researchers from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) have developed a new enzyme engineering platform to improve plastic degrading enzymes through directed evolution. To illustrate the utility of their platform,…

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Amazon’s growth limited by lack of phosphorus

Growth of the Amazon rainforest in our increasingly carbon-rich atmosphere could be limited by a lack of phosphorus in the soil, new research shows. Higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2)…

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Design prevents buildup of scar tissue around medical implants

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Implantable devices that release insulin into the body hold promise as an alternative way to treat diabetes without insulin injections or cannula insertions. However, one obstacle that…

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Prenatal opioid exposure may trigger neurological, behavioral changes later in life

COLUMBIA, Mo. — While infants exposed to opioids during their mother’s pregnancy have been linked to adverse health outcomes, a new study at the University of Missouri has found prenatal…

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Bringing children closer to nature helps improve their lung health

Getting children closer to green spaces as they grow up could improve their lung health, according to a study published today (Wednesday) in the European Respiratory Journal [1]. Getting children…

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COVID shield: spray coating to shield surfaces from viruses, bacteria

A first-of-its-kind sprayable coating that can prevent the surface spread of infection from bacteria and viruses  – including COVID-19  – over a sustained period –– has been developed by a…

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Diagnosis of early-stage Parkinson’s disease now possible with new method developed at Hebrew University

Parkinson’s is a progressive and debilitating disease of the brain that eventually compromises patients’ ability to walk and even to talk. Its diagnosis is complex, and in the early stages…

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Acute alcohol use linked to one quarter of New Zealand suicide deaths – study

The authors of a ground-breaking University of Otago, Christchurch study are calling for immediate changes to Aotearoa New Zealand’s suicide prevention strategy and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act,…

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Inaugural co-directors appointed to Aotearoa’s Infectious Diseases Research Platform

A key initiative aimed at boosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and preparing for future disease outbreaks has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of co-directors to the…

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New method for studying functionality of microbiota

A research group from Turku Bioscience Centre, Finland, has developed a new method for studying the functionality of microbiota through metaproteomics. The new method poses broad potential for the study…

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