Monthly Archives: February 2017

New technology offers fast peptide synthesis

Automated manufacturing could make it easier to develop and test new peptide drugs. CAMBRIDGE, MA — Manufacturing small proteins known as peptides is usually very time-consuming, which has slowed development…

Study shows stem cells fiercely abide by innate developmental timing

The mystery of what controls the range of developmental clocks in mammals — from 22 months for an elephant to 12 days for an opossum — may lie in the strict…

Science checkout continues for ExoMars orbiter

Next week, the ExoMars orbiter will devote two days to making important calibration measurements at the Red Planet, which are needed for the science phase of the mission that will…

Improving DNA-detecting transistors

Graphene-based transistors could soon help diagnose genetic diseases. Researchers in India and Japan have developed an improved method for using graphene-based transistors to detect disease-causing genes. Graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs)…

New “tougher-than-metal” fiber-reinforced hydrogels

A team of Hokkaido University scientists has succeeded in creating “fiber-reinforced soft composites,” or tough hydrogels combined with woven fiber fabric. These fabrics are highly flexible, tougher than metals, and…

Gene sequences reveal secrets of symbiosis

Genome sequences of dinoflagellate algae indicate how they maintain their symbiotic relationship with corals. Advances in genomic research are helping scientists to reveal how corals and algae cooperate to combat…

Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain

For the first time ever, a single flexible fiber no bigger than a human hair has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into…

From mice, clues to microbiome’s influence on metabolic disease

The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin…

High-sensitivity cameras reveal the atomic structure of metal-organic frameworks

Highly sensitive electron cameras allow researchers to see the atomic structure of metal-organic frameworks. Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, have developed a method…

Measuring “diagnostic intensity”

New study maps U.S. regions where patients appear more ill than they are. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In some areas of the U.S., medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for…

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