Category: Science

Microscope can scan tumors during surgery and examine cancer biopsies in 3-D 0

Microscope can scan tumors during surgery and examine cancer biopsies in 3-D

A new microscope could provide accurate real-time results during cancer-removal surgeries, potentially eliminating the 20 to 40 percent of women who have to undergo multiple lumpectomy surgeries because cancerous breast tissue is missed the first time around. …read more

Cloning thousands of genes for massive protein libraries 0

Cloning thousands of genes for massive protein libraries

Discovering the function of a gene requires cloning a DNA sequence and expressing it. Until now, this was performed on a one-gene-at-a-time basis, causing a bottleneck. Scientists have invented a technology to clone thousands of genes simultaneously and create massive libraries of proteins from DNA samples, potentially ushering in a new era of functional genomics. …read more

Previously unknown extinction of marine megafauna discovered 0

Previously unknown extinction of marine megafauna discovered

Over two million years ago, a third of the largest marine animals like sharks, whales, sea birds and sea turtles disappeared. This previously unknown extinction event not only had a considerable impact on the earth’s historical biodiversity but also on the functioning of ecosystems. …read more

Microplastics sloughed from synthetic fabrics in the washing machine 0

Microplastics sloughed from synthetic fabrics in the washing machine

Billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans. Their effects are also sufficiently well-known: marine animals swallow them or get tangled up in them, which can cause them to die in agony. On the other hand, we know less about the consequences of the smallest pieces of plastic, known as microplastics. Researchers have now started to investigate how microplastics are generated and where they actually come from. …read more

New experimental and theoretical approaches ‘dive into the pool’ of membranes organelles 0

New experimental and theoretical approaches ‘dive into the pool’ of membranes organelles

Engineers have developed a new way to dive into the cell’s tiniest and most important components. What they found inside membraneless organelles surprised them, and could lead to better understanding of fatal diseases including cancer, Huntington’s and ALS. …read more

Identity crisis? Vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit 0

Identity crisis? Vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit

People who vape as well as smoke traditional cigarettes may find it harder to quit as they don’t see themselves as smokers, according to research. …read more

Combination approach improves power of new cancer therapy 0

Combination approach improves power of new cancer therapy

An international research team has found a way to improve the anti-cancer effect of a new medicine class called ‘Smac mimetics.’ …read more

Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements 0

Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

Magnetic materials can be functionalized through a thoroughly unlikely method, report researchers: by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy. …read more