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Consumer protection: Novel method for detecting hormonally active substances

Analytical method for risk assessment of products and food

11-Oct-2021

Scientists from the Universities of Dresden and Leipzig have presented a new method for detecting hormonally active substances in food, cosmetics and water in the journal “Biosensors & Bioelectronics”. Hormonally active substances can cause serious health problems, including breast and prostate ...

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Coronavirus Test From a Suitcase

Mobile laboratory for rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2

15-Feb-2021

The PCR test is the most accurate tool to identify SARS-CoV-2. However, valid results are often available only after days. Moreover, the laboratory must be well equipped, have trained personnel and sufficient financial resources. All of this is usually a problem in Africa. A portable suitcase ...

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Kiwi bird genome sequenced

28-Jul-2015

Researchers of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have now sequenced the genetic code of this endangered species and have identified several sequence changes that underlie the kiwi’s adaptation to a nocturnal lifestyle: They found several genes ...

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Breaking a chemical bond

06-Aug-2014

A new theory for the breaking of (bio-)chemical bonds under load may help to predict the strength and performance of synthetic nanostructures and proteins, on a molecular level. The fundamental question how a molecular bond breaks is of interest in many fields of science and has been studied ...

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The Smell of Iron

"Metallic" odor of iron, iron-containing water, and blood derives from the decomposition of skin oil

20-Oct-2006

Where does the strange but typical "metallic" smell come from when we touch iron objects such as tools, utensils, railings, or coins? "The smell of iron upon contact with skin is ironically a type of human body odor," states Dietmar Glindemann. "That we are smelling the metal itself is actually ...

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