Frontal and lateral view of a Muna-type (AD 750-900) paneled flask with distinctive serrated-edge decoration. Credit: WSU Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time. The Washington State University researchers detected Mexican marigold (Tagetes lucida) in residues taken from 14 […]

Biochemists use protein engineering to transfer photocaging groups to DNA. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the basis of life on earth. The function of DNA is to store all the genetic information, which an organism needs to develop, function and reproduce. It is essentially a biological instruction manual found in every cell. Biochemists […]

ANIMATION An international research team that included three scientists from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography has discovered single-celled microorganisms in a location where they didn’t expect to find them. “Water boils on the (Earth’s) surface at 100 degrees Celsius, and we found organisms living in sediments at […]

Manuring with man urine: researchers from Japan electrochemically create ammonia from urine to grow plants in space. Credit: Freepik Researchers at Tokyo University of Science devise a new electrochemical technology to manufacture ammonia-based fertilizer from urea. From the perspective of future societies, in extremely closed environments such as a space […]

Conceptual diagram for producing biofuels using microorganisms as raw materials for wood-based biomass. Credit: Korea Institue of Science and Technology (KIST) Development of a microorganism that doubles the yield of biodiesel precursor production using genetic scissors and based on the principles of evolution; expected to reduce fine dust release and […]

DNA synthesis can be used to generate true random numbers. Credit: Isabelle Benz ETH scientists have generated a huge true random number using DNAsynthesis. It is the first time that a number of this magnitude has been created by biochemical means. True random numbers are required in fields as diverse as […]

ANIMATION For the first time, researchers describe how Rho protein really stops gene expression. New research has identified and described a cellular process that, despite what textbooks say, has remained elusive to scientists until now — precisely how the copying of genetic material that, once started, is properly turned off. […]

Krebs cycle metabolites fall in energy-rich carbon feedstock. Credit: Issey Takahashi Scientists from Nagoya University have achieved a breakthrough in converting energy-deficient metabolites to a biorenewable resource thanks to a versatile catalyst. The imminent environmental crisis calls for an urgent transition to a green economy. A team of scientists at […]

The two atlases map gene expression and availability as cells differentiate into different cell types and tissues. UW Medicine researchers at the Brotman Baty Institute in Seattle have created two cell atlases that track gene expression and chromatin accessibility during the development of human cell types and tissues. An artist’s […]

Illustration of a carboxysome and enzymes. Credit: Professor Luning Liu Researchers at the University of Liverpool have unlocked new possibilities for the future development of sustainable, clean bioenergy. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows how bacterial protein ‘cages’ can be reprogrammed as nanoscale bioreactors for hydrogen production. The carboxysome is […]