Artificial enzyme, environmental oestrogen, squid’s teeth protein, laser technology, human proteins,

Artificial enzyme imitates the natural mechanism of liver cells

Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have discovered that molybdenum trioxide nanoparticles oxidize sulfite to sulfate in liver cells in analogy to the enzyme sulfite oxidase… Read more


New technique to detect environmental levels of oestrogen

Victoria University of Wellington researchers have developed a new technique that can detect environmental levels of oestrogen at the equivalent of detecting one pinch of salt in an olympic-sized swimming pool… Read more


Squid’s teeth may find use in reconstructive surgery

Tentacles of squid are loaded with hundreds of suction cups, or suckers, and each sucker has a ring of razor-sharp “teeth.” The protein present in the teeth will some day form the basis for a new generation of material for reconstructive surgery… Read more


19,000 protein producing genes in humans, finds new study

In a new research, scientists have found the number of protein generating genes in humans to be 19,000 – 1,700 fewer than the most recent annotation and well below the initial estimations of 100,000 genes… Read more


New laser technology to identify chemical hazards

A portable laser device is being developed at Heriot-Watt that can instantly identify chemical hazards, increasing the safety of emergency services and military personnel… Read more