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Synthetic antibodies successfully tested in mammals

Researchers from the University of California – Irvine (UCI) have created the first “plastic antibodies” to be successfully employed in live organisms – stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice. The tiny polymeric particles – just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair – were designed to match and encase melittin, […]

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Volcanic Clay May Have Served As Womb For Emergent Life

Scientists have discovered that certain clay minerals near hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean can act as incubators for organic molecules. Geochemist Lynda Williams, from Arizona State University, believes her study, published in Geology, shows how some of the fundamental materials necessary for life might have originally come into existence. Williams’ findings are […]

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Harnessing Nature To Make Pharmaceuticals

Chemical engineers at Purdue University have shown how to make yeast cells double the activity and boost productivity of a type of enzyme plants need to create important chemicals such as anticancer compounds. The work is related to efforts aimed at developing techniques to use plants and microorganisms as natural factories for producing pharmaceuticals. Such […]

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