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Molecular switch lets salmonella fight or evade immune system

08-Feb-2016

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a molecular regulator that allows salmonella bacteria to switch from actively causing disease to lurking in a chronic but asymptomatic state called a biofilm. Biofilms cling to surfaces in the body, such as the bronchial tubes ...

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Scientists film exploding nanoparticles

Imaging nanoscale dynamics with unparalleled detail and speed

08-Feb-2016

Using a super X-ray microscope, an international research team has “filmed” the explosion of single nanoparticles. The team led by Tais Gorkhover from Technische Universität Berlin, currently working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the U.S. as a fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, ...

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'Gene fusion' mutation uses 3-way mechanism to drive childhood brain cancers

04-Feb-2016

A powerful, three-way mechanism by which a mutation drives the growth of childhood brain cancers, was discovered by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The team hopes the discovery will lead to ...

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Sweating for science

Wearable device detects, analyzes real-time changes in chemical composition of sweat

29-Jan-2016

A team of researchers has combined two separate technologies to create a health-monitoring device that is noninvasive, doesn't interfere with strenuous outdoor activities and can continuously track a user's health at the molecular level. The two-part system of flexible sensors and a flexible ...

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Drugs and other contaminants found in private drinking wells on Cape Cod

29-Jan-2016

Recent news about tainted water in Flint, Michigan, and other parts of the country have called into question the safety of the nation's drinking water supply. Adding to this, a new study finds that pollutants from household wastewater--pharmaceuticals and consumer product chemicals--can make ...

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PerkinElmer acquires Vanadis Diagnostics

Gains NIPT solution in development to expand maternal fetal health portfolio

27-Jan-2016

PerkinElmer, Inc., announced that it has completed the acquisition of Vanadis Diagnostics, AB. Based in Sweden, Vanadis is developing a novel solution for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on digital analysis of cell-free DNA. The acquisition is anticipated to build upon PerkinElmer’s ...

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Agilent Technologies extends agreement with PerkinElmer on bioanalyzer chips

21-Jan-2016

Agilent Technologies Inc.announced an extension to its longstanding agreement with PerkinElmer, which supplies chips for Agilent’s popular 2100 Bioanalyzer system. Since its introduction in 1999, the 2100 Bioanalyzer system has become an integral part of molecular biology laboratories around the ...

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Giant clams offer clues to improve solar cells & color displays

Nature’s surprising method for creating white coloration could yield bio-inspired innovations

21-Jan-2016

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered that some species of giant clams produce their white coloration much like the displays used in televisions and smartphones do – by combining red, green and blue light. The new findings could help improve solar cell ...

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Scientists discover blueprint of body's heat sensor

20-Jan-2016

Touch a hot stove, and your fingers will recoil in pain because your skin carries tiny temperature sensors that detect heat and send a message to your brain saying, "Ouch! That's hot! Let go!" The pain is real and it serves a purpose, otherwise we'd suffer greater injury. But for many people with ...

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Seeing where energy goes may bring scientists closer to realizing nuclear fusion

19-Jan-2016

An international team of researchers has taken a step toward achieving controlled nuclear fusion--a process that powers the Sun and other stars, and has the potential to supply the world with limitless, clean energy. The team, led by scientists and engineers at the University of California, San ...

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