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A molecule in an optical whispering gallery

With the help of a microsphere and a nanowire, single unlabelled biomolecules can be detected through light

24-09-2014

Being able to track individual biomolecules and observe them at work is every biochemist’s dream. This would enable the scientists to research in detail and better understand the workings of the nanomachines of life, such as ribosomes and DNA polymerases. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute ...

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Graphene imperfections key to creating hypersensitive 'electronic nose'

24-09-2014

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times. The study ...

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Merck to Acquire Sigma-Aldrich to Enhance Position in Attractive Life Science Industry

23-09-2014

Merck and Sigma-Aldrich announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17.0 billion (€13.1 billion), establishing one of the leading players in the $130 billion global life science industry. Merck will acquire all of the outstanding ...

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A Breakthrough in Electron Microscopy

Scientists reconstruct third dimension from a single image

23-09-2014

Imagine that you want to find out from a single picture taken of the front of a house, what the building looks like from behind, whether it has any extensions or if the brickwork is damaged, and how many rooms are in the basement. Sounds impossible? Not in the nanoworld. Scientists from Jülich ...

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LAUDA procures specialist in thermo-electric thermostating

23-09-2014

With the acquisition of Noah Precision, the global leader in the manufacture of constant temperature equipment, systems and measuring instruments has landed a strategic coup. "Over the last few years, we have come to recognize the increasing importance of thermo-electric constant temperature ...

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Merck on Track with Pharma Strategy

Pipeline Progress Announced

22-09-2014

Merck announced that its biopharmaceutical division Merck Serono is well on track with the implementation of the Group’s “Fit for 2018” transformation and growth program. This is reflected by efficiency gains and the successful execution of growth initiatives as well as progress in the pipeline, ...

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Large study reveals new genetic variants that raise risk for prostate cancer

22-09-2014

In an analysis of genetic information among more than 87,000 men, a global team of scientists says it has found 23 new genetic variants – common differences in the genetic code -- that increase a man's risk for prostate cancer. The so-called "meta-analysis," believed to be the largest of its ...

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New diagnostic method identifies genetic diseases

PhenIX can identify genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms

19-09-2014

People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of having a genetic disease actually receive a satisfactory diagnosis. Scientists from the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Planck ...

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Gene variant that dramatically reduces 'bad' lipids

Role of rare APOC3 variant in reducing triglyceride levels identified using UK10K data

18-09-2014

Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood. The study is the first to emerge from the UK10K Project's cohort of samples from the general ...

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Analytik Jena Closes Acquisition of Bruker's ICP-MS Business and Begins Integration Process

17-09-2014

Analytik Jena AG, a manufacturer of analytical measuring technology and life science instruments announced that it has closed the acquisition of the ICP-MS business of Bruker Corporation on September 12, 2014. The integration process has begun, and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of ...

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