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Green wave for “gene cabs”

Leap in knowledge of peptide nanofibrils

03-Jun-2022

Viruses help researchers to introduce genes into cells so that they can produce active pharmaceutical ingredients, for example. Special peptides stimulate the process. Until now, however, the efficiency increase was poorly understood. A team of researchers from the MPI for Polymer Research, the ...

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On the hunt for the roots of cancer

Colouring tumours reveals their bad influence

04-Jun-2021

Red2Onco, an innovative genetic mouse model, allows to detect the very initial steps that lead to cancer development. Red2Onco’s multi-colour labelling system allows to trace intestinal tumour development after the first oncogenic hit at the single cell level. The research carried out at IMBA – ...

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Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

18-Sep-2019

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to deliver a promising anti-cancer agent to cells. Research led by Dr David Fairen-Jimenez, from the Cambridge Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, ...

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Radical approach for brighter LEDs

27-Nov-2018

Scientists have discovered that semiconducting molecules with unpaired electrons, termed 'radicals' can be used to fabricate very efficient organic-light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), exploiting their quantum mechanical 'spin' property to overcome efficiency limitations for traditional, non-radical ...

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3D 'organ on a chip' could accelerate search for new disease treatments

30-Oct-2018

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional 'organ on a chip' which enables real-time continuous monitoring of cells, and could be used to develop new treatments for disease while reducing the number of animals used in research. The device, which incorporates cells inside a 3D transistor made ...

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Low-cost plastic sensors could monitor a range of health conditions

27-Jun-2018

An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neurodegenerative diseases. The sensor can measure the amount of critical ...

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Perovskite-based solar cells boosted by potassium

23-Mar-2018

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the addition of potassium iodide 'healed' the defects and ...

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Graphene in zero G promises success in space

19-Dec-2017

In a successful collaboration between the Graphene Flagship and the European Space Agency, experiments testing graphene for two different space-related applications have shown extremely promising results. Based on these results, the Flagship are continuing to develop graphene devices for use in ...

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Green method developed for making artificial spider silk

12-Jul-2017

A team of architects and chemists from the University of Cambridge has designed super-stretchy and strong fibres which are almost entirely composed of water, and could be used to make textiles, sensors and other materials. The fibres, which resemble miniature bungee cords as they can absorb large ...

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Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify 'cell of origin' in skin cancers

11-Jul-2016

Scientists have identified for the first time the 'cell of origin' - in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows - in basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, and followed the chain of events that lead to the growth of these invasive tumours. Our skin is kept ...

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