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Fungal enzymes team up to more efficiently break down cellulose

One of the biggest barriers in the commercial production of sustainable biofuels is to cost-effectively break down the bioenergy crops into sugars that can then be converted into fuel. To reduce ...

14 hours ago from Phys.org

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Ineffective antibiotics form strong teams against deadly super bacteria

In the fight against super bacteria, University at Buffalo scientists are relying on strength in numbers to win the battle against drug resistance.

Wed 24 May 17 from Medical Xpress

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“Disco bacteria” could churn out drugs and useful chemicals

M.C. Escherichia THE central idea of synthetic biology is that living cells can be programmed in the same way that computers can, in order to make them do things and produce compounds that ...

Thu 25 May 17 from The Economist

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Secret weapon of smart bacteria tracked to 'sweet tooth'

Researchers have figured out how a once-defeated bacterium has re-emerged to infect cotton in a battle that could sour much of the Texas and U.S. crop.

Wed 24 May 17 from Phys.org

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Biosynthetic secrets: How fungi make bioactive compounds

Biological engineers at Utah State University have successfully decoded and reprogrammed the biosynthetic machinery that produces a variety of natural compounds found in fungi.

Tue 23 May 17 from Phys.org

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Omega-3 fatty acids can neutralize listeria

Certain fatty acids are not only part of a healthy diet—they can also neutralise the harmful listeria bacterium, a new study shows. This discovery could eventually lead to improved methods to ...

Tue 23 May 17 from Medical Xpress

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Scientists investigate how the sense of smell works in bacteria

Scientists from MIPT, in collaboration with international colleagues, have proposed a universal mechanism for the sense of smell in bacteria. The researchers obtained the structure of the NarQ ...

Mon 22 May 17 from Phys.org

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Researchers have found that banknotes can transmit potentially pathogenic and antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria

If a commonly used item passed from person to person everyday around the world was found to carry potential harmful microbes, would you continue to use it? Dr Jun Li from the University of Hong ...

Thu 18 May 17 from Medical Xpress

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New study sheds light on origins of life on Earth through molecular function

In the primordial soup that was early Earth, life started small. Elements joined to form the simple carbon-based molecules that were the precursors of everything that was to come. But there ...

Wed 17 May 17 from Phys.org

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New study maps protein interactions for a quarter of the human genome

Harvard Medical School researchers have mapped the interaction partners for proteins encoded by more than 5,800 genes, representing over a quarter of the human genome, according to a new study ...

Wed 17 May 17 from Phys.org

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