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New view of the heartbeat

10-Apr-2018

The human cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5) plays a critical role in maintaining regular heartbeats. Mutations in Nav1.5 cause life-threatening heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias). Nav1.5 is sensitive to the calcium-ion sensor protein calmodulin (CaM); however, the exact mechanism of ...

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How pathogenic bacteria prepare a sticky adhesion protein

10-Apr-2018

Researchers at Harvard Medical School, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Georgia have described how the protein that allows strep and staph bacteria to stick to human cells is prepared and packaged. The research could facilitate the development of new ...

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Twisting laser light offers the chance to probe the nano-scale

New method to sensitively measure the structure of molecules

09-Apr-2018

A new method to sensitively measure the structure of molecules has been demonstrated by twisting laser light and aiming it at miniscule gold gratings to separate out wavelengths. The technique could potentially be used to probe the structure and purity of molecules in pharmaceuticals, ...

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Scientists characterise cancer genes using ground-breaking new method

09-Apr-2018

In a paper in the journal “Science”, researchers from the Vienna BioCenter combine cutting-edge technologies to decipher regulatory functions of important cancer genes. Key to this success is an innovative method called “SLAMseq”, which allows the direct detection of sudden changes in gene ...

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Michael Schreiber becomes second Managing Director of LUMITOS

The internationally experienced marketing executive joins LUMITOS from Mettler-Toledo

06-Apr-2018

As of 1 April, Michael Schreiber co-heads the Berlin-based company LUMITOS. The marketing expert with a natural science PhD joins Stefan Knecht as a second Managing Director of Europe's market-leading provider of B2B portals in the chemical, life science, lab equipment, pharmaceutical, analytics ...

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Analytics in consumer protection

Labeling requirements and safety aspects are topics of the analytica conference 2018

05-Apr-2018

On Tuesday, in Munich the analytica conference begins. From April 10 to 12, 2018, experts will talk about their specialties from a real-world perspective—for example, about the analytical challenges involved in the implementation of consumer-oriented legislation. In addition to technical issues, ...

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Eurofins expands its footprint in Asia with the acquisition of Lab Frontier in South Korea

04-Apr-2018

Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA) announces that it has successfully closed the transaction to acquire Lab Frontier Co., Ltd., which provides a broad suite of food, environment and cosmetics testing services in South Korea. Lab Frontier, an affiliate company of Young In Group (YIG), will further ...

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On the Track of Nitrogenase

Decisive step towards understanding biological nitrogen fixation taken

03-Apr-2018

Another step has been taken towards explaining the molecular mechanisms of biological fixation of nitrogen by the enzyme nitrogenase: Dr. Daniel Sippel from Prof. Dr. Oliver Einsle’s work group at the Institute of Biochemistry of the University of Freiburg has shown that the iron-vanadium ...

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The limits of friction

03-Apr-2018

Friction is created when two surfaces slide one on top of the other. Since this consumes additional energy, this so-called sliding friction is considered an irksome yet inevitable aspect of dynamic processes. However, to set a stationary object in motion, its static friction must be overcome ...

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Cracking eggshell nanostructure

01-Apr-2018

How is it that fertilized chicken eggs manage to resist fracture from the outside, while at the same time, are weak enough to break from the inside during chick hatching? It's all in the eggshell's nanostructure, according to a new study led by McGill University scientists. The findings could ...

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