Tag: proteins

Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

September 7, 2019 |

In Missouri, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are looking at how the shape and structure of proteins determine their function which will help produce the types of algae and other plants that will have the properties best suited for […]

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Researchers develop targeting of light-activated proteins

Researchers develop targeting of light-activated proteins

August 18, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a new strategy for the design of light-sensitive proteins. Such proteins, also called optogenetic tools, can be switched on and off by light pulses, thereby triggering targeted cellular processes. With their help, it is possible, for example, to study in living organisms and to control […]

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Scientists develop cheaper and faster DNA testing method

Scientists develop cheaper and faster DNA testing method

August 10, 2019 |

In Lithuania, after 2.5 years of research, a new method reduces DNA testing costs by 90%. Scientists from the Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre (VU LSC) and the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (CPST) have jointly-developed an alternative approach, called the Fixed DNA Molecule Array method which makes DNA testing more cost-effective and simpler, […]

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Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

July 14, 2019 |

In Washington, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington School of Medicine demonstrated that artificial proteins engineered from scratch were assembled into nanorod arrays, designer filaments and honeycomb lattices on the surface of mica, demonstrating control over the way proteins interact with surfaces to form complex structures […]

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Researchers find they can manufacture proteins in the field using chloroplasts

Researchers find they can manufacture proteins in the field using chloroplasts

July 9, 2019 |

In New York state, a team from Cornell University and the University of Illinois announced that crops can cheaply manufacture proteins inside their cellular power plants called chloroplasts—allowing the crops to be grown widely in fields rather than restrictive greenhouses—with no cost to yield. In this study, the team engineered tobacco to produce cellulase proteins […]

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Scientists better understand how proteins move out of cells

Scientists better understand how proteins move out of cells

June 15, 2019 |

In Missouri, Gavin King and a team of scientists at the University of Missouri used an atomic force microscope to study the movement of the E.coli proteins. Unlike previous studies where proteins were frozen, the atomic force microscope allowed researchers to observe the proteins moving in a fluid environment that closely resembles their natural environment. […]

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Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

April 28, 2019 |

In Germany, a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum has shown that operation in an oxygen-free environment significantly prolongs the life of the bioelectrode. “In order to generate energy sustainably and efficiently, we must not only understand but also overcome the processes that limit the lifetime of renewable energy conversion technologies,” says Wolfgang Schuhmann. The use […]

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Sunlight converts algae fats directly into hydrocarbons for speedy biofuel production

Sunlight converts algae fats directly into hydrocarbons for speedy biofuel production

September 2, 2017 |

In France, researchers discovered that certain species of algae can convert fats directly to hydrocarbons that can come in handy for biofuel production. Using sunlight as an input and filtering the contents of algae to leave them with protein solutions with some cell contents, they tested them for how well they converted to fats. They […]

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Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

July 22, 2017 |

In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward on scaling up of their advanced protein design technology that is used for production of a range of chemicals and materials. The funding came from OS Fund, Bioeconomy Capital, Sustainable Conversion Ventures, and WRF Capital and will help beef […]

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KnipBio Looks to Partner with Biofuels Leaders for Fish Feed

KnipBio Looks to Partner with Biofuels Leaders for Fish Feed

July 15, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, biotech company KnipBio completed the last phase in producing its new aquaculture feed, KnipBio Feed and is now looking to partner with biofuel industry leaders to get to commercial scale fermentation. As reported in Biofuels Digest before, KnipBio developed a series of naturally occurring microbes that convert low-cost feedstock into premium, nutritious, single-cell […]

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