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www.q-more.com – the new dimension of knowledge

02-04-2014

The new q&more "www.q-more.com" portal offers more than mere specialized information. Based on the international "q&more" scientific journal, the innovative platform provides knowledge in a lively and inspiring manner as well as creating fascinating communication experiences. Up-to-date know-how ...

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World's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drug

01-04-2014

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world's first fluorescent sensor to identify the presence of a drug known as GHB that is commonly used to spike beverages. When the sensor is mixed with a sample of a beverage containing GHB, the mixture ...

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Erasing a genetic mutation

01-04-2014

Using a new gene-editing system based on bacterial proteins, MIT researchers have cured mice of a rare liver disorder caused by a single genetic mutation. The findings, described in Nature Biotechnology, offer the first evidence that this gene-editing technique, known as CRISPR, can reverse ...

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New way to filter light

System could provide first method for filtering light waves based on direction

31-03-2014

Light waves can be defined by three fundamental characteristics: their color (or wavelength), polarization, and direction. While it has long been possible to selectively filter light according to its color or polarization, selectivity based on the direction of propagation has remained ...

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Drug developers rawn to orphan drugs market

Breakthrough therapies for rare diseases command premium pricing, particularly if no alternatives exist

31-03-2014

The global orphan drugs market presents plenty of opportunities for new drug development – while there are only 172 approved orphan therapies, over 6,800 orphan diseases exist according to the United States National Institute of Health (NIH). Advancements in drug discovery capabilities coupled ...

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Biological testing tool tests in fraction of time of industry standard

28-03-2014

Northeastern University professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Tania Konry, has developed a single instrument that can conduct a wide range of biological scans in a fraction of the time and cost of industry standard equipment. That's because it uses considerably less material and ultra-sensitive ...

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Real-life CSI: What can investigators really tell from gunshot residue?

28-03-2014

The popular TV series "CSI" is fiction, but every day, real-life investigators and forensic scientists collect and analyze evidence to determine what happened at crime scenes. In a study published in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, scientists say they have developed a more rapid and ...

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Nanotube coating helps shrink mass spectrometers

27-03-2014

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, ...

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Eurofins: Acquisition in the USA

27-03-2014

Eurofins Scientific announces the acquisition of the food and environmental testing laboratory of Maintpartner Group. Lasse Mäkelä, Managing Director for Eurofins Scientific, Finland:"The acquisition of the Kokkola laboratory reflects Maintpartner's confidence that Eurofins has the capabilities ...

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Rapid and detailed analysis of proteins

26-03-2014

Proteins are vital participants in virtually all life processes, including growth, repair and signaling in cells; catalysis of chemical reactions and defense against infection. For these reasons, proteins can provide critical signposts of health and disease, provided they can be identified and ...

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