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Revealing the path of a metallodrug in a breast cancer cell

05-Feb-2019

Some types of cancer cannot be treated with classical chemotherapy. Scientists from Inserm, CNRS, Sorbonne University, PSL university, University Grenoble Alpes and ESRF, the European Synchrotron, are working on a metallorganic molecule as an antitumor drug. Their research has given thorough ...

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X-ray experiments reveal important mechanism behind parkinsonian disorders

Gene defect in hereditary forms of the neurological disorder results in manganese poisoning inside cells

21-Jan-2019

A new X-ray study has revealed one of the key mechanisms behind certain familial-parkinsonian disorders. The study demonstrates in detail how poisoning with the metal manganese occurs inside a cell, leading to parkinsonian symptoms. It found that a specific genetic defect results in manganese ...

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The birth of the brightest red glowing protein

25-Nov-2016

The brightest red fluorescent protein ever, mScarlet, has just been engineered by researchers at the University of Amsterdam, the Institut de Biologie Structurale, IBS (CEA/CNRS/University Grenoble Alpes) and the European Synchrotron (ESRF) in France. mScarlet can be used to monitor the activity ...

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A nano-sized sponge made of electrons

X-rays reveal an unexpected property of widely used nanoparticles

14-Nov-2013

A new chapter has been opened in our understanding of the chemical activity of nanoparticles says a team of international scientists. Using the X-ray beams of the European Synchrotron ESRF they showed that the electrons absorbed and released by cerium dioxide nanoparticles during chemical ...

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New synchrotron technique could see hidden building blocks of life

31-May-2011

Scientists from Finland and France have developed a new synchrotron X-ray technique that may revolutionize the chemical analysis of rare materials like meteoric rock samples or fossils. The results have been published in Nature Materials.Life, as we know it, is based on the chemistry of carbon ...

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First studies of fossil of new human ancestor take place at the European Synchrotron

15-Apr-2010

Palaeoanthropologist Prof. Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, has discovered a new species of early human ancestor in one of the best-preserved skeletons of an early hominid, dated around 1.9 million years old, in the Cradle of Humankind, a World ...

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Living metals: Microscopic Structure of Crystalline Material Fluctuates

27-Apr-2005

Using Synchrotron x-ray microbeams, a research team from the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart and the ESRF has been able to observe for the first time that the microscopic structure of a crystalline material fluctuates in time. The results are just shed in Science Express ...

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