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Nanopore proteins

Nanopores Found Useful in Detecting Single Molecule Movements

Nanopore’s are proving to be useful for more than just DNA sequencing. The pico sized wonder’s have shown that they can even identify single molecular reactions, such as those between proteins with much better resolution that any other technology has made possible until today. Unlike the Swiss researchers who used viscous solution to slow down […]


God Mode Enabled: Early Artificial Cells Able to Replicate

Japanese scientists are reporting success in creating cells that are capable of replicating and maybe evolving equivalent to early cells. In a paper published in Nature today, scientists from the University of Tokyo lead by Kensuke Kurihara are reporting self replicating lipid structures or synthetic “protocells” that resemble early precursors of life. Study of early […]


Insulator Defects Observable by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have characterized individual defects in an insulator using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The researchers covered the bulk insulator with a graphene layer that transmitted the current -necessary for STM observation- to the insulator surface. The findings have been published in the journal Nature […]

CPF1 mediated gene editing in humans

CRISPR/CPF1: New Simpler CRISPR Protein May Cut Patent Fights Short

New CRISPR discovered by original CRISPR/Cas9 discovery team promises simpler and more flexible gene editing with fewer legal tangles. Broad Institute Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the same one’s originally involved in the Cas9 discovery, combed through hundreds of bacterial CRISPR systems in the hopes of finding another natural gene editing system. They found […]


A Glowing Reporter for DNA Methylation in Single Cells

Researchers at MIT and Whitehead Institute in Cambridge have designed the first reporter for DNA methylation at the level of individual cells. The method allows to follow the methylation process in real time, both in vitro and in vivo, and to track cell fate changes. The study has been published in the journal Cell. DNA methylation is […]


Micromotors that Swim and Sequester Carbon Dioxide

Researchers from UC San Diego have developed an innovative tool to fight climate change. In their study, published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the team lead by Dr. Joseph Wang constructed tube-shaped micromotors functionalized with enzymes that sequester carbon dioxide and a platinum layer to propel them in the water. Antropogenic carbon dioxide generation is […]


Illumina Announces a Consortium to Create a 750000 SNPs Microarray

Illumina presented his PopArray Consortium at the Individualizing Medicine Conference at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minessota. The initiative aims to collect genomic data from the population at a massive scale. With the collaboration of other organizations, Illumina plans to gather 3 million genetic samples and use this information to create a microarray of 750000 single-nucleotide polimorphysms (SNPs). […]


Humans Carry a Personal Microbial Cloud

According to a study from the University of Oregon, humans have a microbial cloud signature. Each person emits a specific bacterial population into the air, a unique bacterial cloud that allows identification of the individual that breaths it out. The findings were published in the journal PeerJ. Humans constantly emit bacteria by different means: by direct […]



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