A nanoscale platform to control protein levels in cells

Nanobody

A nanoscale antibody first found in camels combined with a protein-degrading molecule is an effective new platform to control protein levels in cells, according to Rice University scientists. The technique could aid fundamental research into cellular dynamics as well as the design of synthetic gene circuits. Rice chemical and biomolecular …

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Eating fruits with high-pesticide residue associated with infertility

Lite-Trac Pesticide Sprayer

Eating more fruits and vegetables with high-pesticide residue was associated with a lower probability of pregnancy and live birth following infertility treatment for women using assisted reproductive technologies. Is preconception intake of fruits and vegetables with pesticide residues associated with outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies? Animal studies suggest ingestion of pesticide …

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How postdoctoral researchers are categorized

Postdoctoral

In a forthcoming opinion piece in the journal eLife, eight scientists and science policy experts make the case for standardizing how postdoctoral researchers are categorized by human resources offices and provide a framework that willing institutions can follow. The authors argue that the widespread use of inconsistent titles for researchers …

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Genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics

Human neutrophil ingesting MRSA

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found several previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics. The genes were found by searching large volumes of bacterial DNA and the results are published in the scientific journal Microbiome. The increasing number of …

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Pest resistance to Bt proteins produced by biotech crops

Pest resistance

In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton and soybeans that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. These Bt proteins kill some voracious caterpillar and beetle pests, but are harmless to people and considered environmentally friendly. …

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