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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Names Lesley Solomon SVP, Chief Innovation Officer

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has named Lesley Solomon to the newly-created position of senior vice president for innovation and chief innovation officer. Solomon has been serving as executive director of the Brigham Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and director of strategy and innovation in the Brigham Research Institute.

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Biotechnology, Organoids, Stem Cells, disease models, Neurological Disorders, Epilepsy, microcephaly , Schizophrenia

Building Better Brains: A Bioengineered Upgrade for Organoids

Scientists for the first time combine organoids with bioengineering. Using small microfilaments, they show improved tissue architecture that mimics human brain development more accurately and allows more targeted studies of brain development and its malfunctions, as reported in the current issue of Nature Biotechnology.

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Biosensing

What a Locust’s Nose Taught Engineers About Monkeys’ Ears

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A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis recently completed a study offering profound implications for how sensory information may be encoded in the brain.

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Antibiotics, Beta Lactams, beta lactones, antibiotic biosynthesis

The Next Enchanted Ring?

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Using genomics, a chemistry lab has worked out the biosynthetic machinery that makes a new class of antibiotic compounds called the beta-lactones. Like the beta-lactams, they have an unstable four-member ring. The key to their kill mechanism it is also difficult to synthesize.

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food coloring, Avocado

Penn State Food Scientist Turns Avocado Pits Into Natural Food Coloring

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A multiyear research endeavor led a Penn State food scientist to form a natural food coloring company based on avocado pits.

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wheat yields, grain size, International Wheat Yield Partnership Program, G20 Wheat Initiative, Gene Editing, CRISPR/Cas9

Improving Wheat Yields by Increasing Grain Size, Weight

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As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s International Wheat Yield Partnership Program, researchers aim to improve wheat yields by increasing grain size and weight using a precise gene-editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9.

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Fungi, DOE Office of Science, Genomics, Bioenergy, genetic, Enzyme, Emsl, Joint Genome Institute, PNNL, Berkeley Lab, Department of Energy (DOE), UC Santa Barbara, Biofuel

Fungal Enzymes Team Up to More Efficiently Break Down Cellulose

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Cost-effectively breaking down bioenergy crops into sugars that can then be converted into fuel is a barrier to commercially producing sustainable biofuels. Enabled by DOE User Facilities, a team reports that early lineages of fungi can form enzyme complexes capable of degrading plant biomass.

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"Safe" Drug Consumption, Youth with HIV, Promising Vaccine Research, and More in the AIDS and HIV News Source

The latest research, features, and experts on HIV and AIDS.

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soybean nodules, Auxin, genetic mechanisms, nodule formation, Nitrogen Fixation, National Science Foundation

Gene Linked to Hormone That Impacts Soybean Nodule Development

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Researchers have identified the SUR2 gene as playing a key role in the production of auxin, a hormone that affects soybean nodule development. The work is part of a National Science Foundation project to identify the genetic mechanisms that direct and coordinate formation of the soybean nodule.

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Microscopes, Drug Development

Penn Medicine Biochemist Awarded $2.5 Million Grant for New Microscope Technology

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Ronen Marmorstein, PhD, a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of five investigators who received a grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for the creation of a state-of-the-art cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) facility. The investment supports research in chemistry and the life sciences and will also go towards maintaining the cryo-EM facilities and hiring of new faculty skilled in its uses.







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