7 Days in Science – November 8, 2019
List Nov 08, 2019
Mini-beasts Inspire Unsinkable Metal
Inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants, scientists have created a metallic structure that is so water repellent, it refuses to sink—no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged or punctured.
Published in: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces
Paracetamol During Pregnancy Could Be Linked to Increased Risk of ADHD and Autism
A new international study shows that Acetaminophen (paracetamol) use during pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk of childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Published in: JAMA Psychiatry.
A Game-changing Test for Prion, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Diseases Is on the Horizon
A team of scientists who have been working on prion detection for nearly 20 years have demonstrated that their unique, synthetic-molecule-based approach can isolate prion proteins in body fluids sampled from infected animals.
Published in: PLOS ONE
A Highly Precise Cas9 Enzyme, SaCas9-HF, Is Added to the CRISPR Toolbox
A team of scientists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and the Karolinska Institute has created a novel protein that can increase the target accuracy in genome editing.
Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
Using Light To Control the Lifetime of a Protein
Researchers report they have developed a new technique that uses light to control the lifetime of a protein inside the cell. This method will allow scientists to better observe how specific proteins contribute to health, development and disease.
Published in: ACS Synthetic Biology
In this opinion piece, psychiatrist Dr. Samei Huda responds to a recent journal article published in Psychiatry Research that labeled psychiatric diagnoses as "scientifically meaningless".
There are many challenges associated with the study of membrane proteins. The solution to these problems was first described by Bayburt and colleagues in 1998: A small disc-shaped phospholipid bilayer system that mimics the cell membrane, known as “nanodiscs”. In this article, we explore the utility of nanodiscs in modern membrane protein research.
This is a multi-photon microscopy image of stalked glandular trichome, which to the naked eye, appear to be small hairs on plants.
Credit: Samuels Lab/UBC
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