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Better Together - Quest Towards Open Access Publication
News   Oct 18, 2019

Not-for-profit Jisc and the Microbiology Society announce a pilot transitional open access agreement. The "Publish and Read" deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a cost neutral fixed fee.

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Bioactive Agents Improve Synthetic Bone Substitutes
News   Oct 18, 2019

Synthetic bone substitutes are promising materials for bone defect repair, but their efficacy can be substantially improved by bioactive agents such as growth factors. In a new study, researchers have modified beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) with increasing quantities of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) derived from E. coli and shown improved bone healing.

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How Does DEET Keep Mosquitoes at Bay?
News   Oct 18, 2019

Since its invention during WWII, researchers have been trying to pinpoint precisely how DEET actually affects mosquitos. New research suggests DEET may chemically “cloak” humans from malaria-carrying mosquitos, rather than repel them.

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Plant-based Compound Helps Overcome Gene Therapy Challenges
News   Oct 18, 2019

Researchers believe they have found a way to sidestep some of the current difficulties associated with gene therapy, resulting in a better method that would save money and improve treatment outcomes.

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Hormone Therapy Battles Cognitive Decline
News   Oct 17, 2019

A new study has identified benefits of extended estrogen exposure and longer-term hormone therapy in combating cognitive decline

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Developing Pioneering Cell Therapies for Immunotherapy Non-responders
News   Oct 17, 2019

New research signposts a novel, less invasive method to identify killer T lymphocytes in patients with gastrointestinal tumors with low mutational burden who are refractory to currently-approved immune-based treatments.

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Will a Next-generation Therapy for Diabetes Soon Be Available?
News   Oct 16, 2019

In order to improve diabetes therapy, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have identified a protein called S100A9 which, under certain conditions, seems to act as a blood sugar and lipid regulator while avoiding the most harmful side effects of insulin.

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Novel Method for Quicker and Simpler Lipidated Proteins Production
News   Oct 16, 2019

Researchers have presented a new method for the production of lipid proteins, which could lead to a better understanding of natural protein modifications and improved protein therapeutics.

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Revival of 50,000-Year-Old Gene Reveals How Deadliest Malaria Parasite Jumped From Gorillas to Humans
News   Oct 15, 2019

In a study published today in PLOS Biology, researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Montpellier have reconstructed a ~50,000-year-old gene sequence acquired by the ancestor of Plasmodium falciparum. The acquisition of the gene sequence enabled the parasite to infect human red blood cells.

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New Genetic Engineering Tool Opens Floodgates of Microbial Metabolite Applications
News   Oct 15, 2019

A team of microbiologists and genomicists led by the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has invented a genetic engineering tool, called CRAGE, that could not only make studying microbes much easier, but also fill significant gaps in our understanding of how microbes interact with their surroundings and evolve.

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