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Tracking of new avian influenza viruses becomes possible through modern analyses of genome data

11-Aug-2020

An international consortium succeeded in tracking the genesis and spread of new reassortants of avian influenza viruses by the use of mathematical analyses. This large-scale international study has now been published in the scientific journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...

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Tracking Small Things in Cells

Small and tunable fluorophores for the imaging of metabolites in living cells

02-May-2019

Living cells can react to disturbances with a changed metabolism, but direct observation of trafficking metabolites in live cells is difficult. An international team of scientists has now developed a class of remarkably small fluorophores called SCOTfluors. The dyes emit light in the visible to ...

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Spying on cells eating habits could aid cancer diagnosis

09-Apr-2019

Scientists have developed a new imaging technology to visualise what cells eat, which could aid the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. The team has designed chemical probes that light up when they attach to specific molecules that cells eat, such as glucose. Researchers used ...

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Nano-scale process may speed arrival of cheaper hi-tech products

12-Nov-2018

An inexpensive way to make products incorporating nanoparticles - such as high-performance energy devices or sophisticated diagnostic tests - has been developed by researchers. The process could speed the commercial development of devices, materials and technologies that exploit the physical ...

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DNA study casts light on century-old mystery of how cells divide

22-Jan-2018

Scientists have solved a longstanding puzzle of how cells are able to tightly package DNA to enable healthy cell division. Their findings shed light on how single cells can compact DNA 10,000-fold to partition it between two identical cells - a process that is essential for growth, repair and ...

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Oil and water may combine if conditions are right

30-Aug-2017

They say that oil and water do not mix ... but now scientists have discovered that - under certain circumstances - it may be possible. A new study suggests that some oily molecules - which normally repel water - can be forced to dissolve in water when the two substances are squeezed together ...

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Gold from old phones is real prospect thanks to chemical advance

02-Sep-2016

Vast quantities of gold could be salvaged from old mobile phones using a simple chemical method, a study shows. Current methods for extracting gold from old gadgets are inefficient and can be hazardous to health, as they often use toxic chemicals such as cyanide, researchers say. Electrical waste ...

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Scientists watch metal melt in nanoseconds

Novel technique allows scientists to look deep into rocky planets in the lab

04-Sep-2015

A pilot study opens a new path to analysing the interior of rocky planets in the lab. The research team, led by the University of Edinburgh and including scientists from DESY, has created high pressures and temperatures like those deep within the Earth and used the powerful LCLS X-ray laser at ...

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