7 Days in Science – November 15, 2019
List Nov 15, 2019
Unlocking Photosynthesis Could Meet Growing Food Demands
Scientists have solved the structure of one of the key components of photosynthesis, a discovery that could lead to photosynthesis being "redesigned" to achieve higher yields and meet urgent food security needs.
Published in: Nature
Stem Cell Transplants Used To Grow Fully Functional Lungs in Mice
Researchers at Columbia University were able to grow fully functional lungs in mouse embryos using transplanted stem cells. The findings suggest that it may be ultimately possible to use the technique to grow human lungs in animals for patients who need transplants and to study new lung treatments.
Published in: Nature Medicine
GW Pharmaceuticals Receives Positive NICE Recommendation for EPIDYOLEX (Cannabidiol)
GW Pharmaceuticals plc announces that two of its medicines, EPIDYOLEX (cannabidiol) oral solution and Sativex (nabiximols), have been recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to receive routine reimbursement from NHS England.
Is DNA One in a Million?
Biology encodes information in DNA and RNA, which are complex molecules finely tuned to their functions. But are they the only way to store hereditary molecular information?
Published in: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling.
Illiteracy Linked to Tripled Dementia Risk
A study of nearly 1000 over 75s in North Manhattan has shown that adults with an inability to read or write have a nearly three-times great risk of having dementia.
Published in: Neurology
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Danica Rankic, Associate Principal Scientist, MSD to learn more about their process chemistry activities. She touches on the synthesis strategies impacting drug discovery and provides a snapshot of her upcoming talk, taking place next month.
Much can be discovered about a cell’s condition and function by measuring its mechanical properties such as deformability. I recently spoke with Daniel Klaue, CEO, ZELLMECHANIK DRESDEN, to learn more about the field of cell mechanics. In this interview, Daniel explains why it is important to measure cell mechanics, discusses a novel method of doing so, and highlights how this technology could benefit clinical applications.
Immune Cells Attacking Cancer
This image shows robust T cell immunity against an early cancer clone arising in the skin that has been colonized with a commensal virus. CD45+ leukocytes (grey) and CD3+ T cells (yellow) attacking cancer cells infected with commensal papillomavirus (red).
Credit: Jon Messerschmidt
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