Powerful physics tool could help scientists understand complex ecosystems
Your gut is home to microbial madness. Hundreds of trillions of bacteria belonging to countless species interact with one another in complex ways that can both keep you healthy and cause disease . Teasing out these interactions would seem an impossible task. Now, microbiologists have found help from an unlikely source: physics. A new experiment suggests a powerful concept known as a phase transition can predict how complex ecosystems—like those composed of the bacteria in your belly—behave. The finding could help us keep our guts healthy and even protect other complex ecosystems such as rainforests and ...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 6, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

LordsMed launches IVD manufacturing facility at near Mumbai
​​Spread over 20,000 sq ft area, the IVD manufacturing facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and infrastructure of global standards and will manufacture a diversified range of IVD and point of care diagnostic solutions such as analysers, reagents for clinical biochemistry, haem atology, serology, immunology, rapid testing kits (ICMR approved antigen kit) and lab consumables. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - October 6, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

High Levels of ‘ Forever Chemicals ’ in Deer Prompts ‘ Do Not Eat ’ Warnings for Hunters
(PORTLAND, Maine) — Wildlife agencies in the U.S. are finding elevated levels of a class of toxic chemicals in game animals such as deer—and that’s prompting health advisories in some places where hunting and fishing are ways of life and key pieces of the economy. Authorities have detected the high levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in deer in several states, including Michigan and Maine, where legions of hunters seek to bag a buck every fall. Sometimes called “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS are industrial compounds used in numerous produ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patrick Whittle/AP Tags: Uncategorized climate change Economy healthscienceclimate Nature & Science wire Source Type: news

Chief Strategy Officer of world-leading tech company appointed to new honorary professor role
Anike Te, Chief Strategy Officer for International Materials company Lucideon, will join the University of Bristol as an Aegis Professor in Engineering Biology this month. This prestigious appointment strongly aligns with Bristol ’ s identity as a world-leading institution for research and innovation with global impact. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 5, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Business and Enterprise, Staff notices, International, Research; Faculty of Science, Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, School of C Source Type: news

Wax worm saliva rapidly breaks down plastic bags, scientists discover
Its enzymes degrade polyethylene within hours at room temperature and could ‘revolutionise’ recyclingEnzymes that rapidly break down plastic bags have been discovered in the saliva of wax worms, which are moth larvae that infest beehives.The enzymes are the first reported to break down polyethylene within hours at room temperature and could lead to cost-effective ways of recycling the plastic.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 4, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Plastics Plastic bags Recycling Waste Ethical and green living Environment Science Biology Spain World news Europe Biochemistry and molecular biology Insects Animals Source Type: news

How the secrets of the ‘water bear’ could improve lifesaving drugs like insulin
UCLA chemist Heather Maynard had to wonder: How do organisms like the tardigrade do it?This stocky microscopic animal, also known as a water bear, can survive in environments where survival seems impossible. Tardigrades have been shown to endure extremes of heat, cold and pressure — and even the vacuum of space — by entering a state of suspended animation and revitalizing, sometimes decades later, under more hospitable conditions. If she could understand the mechanism behind this extraordinary preservation, Maynard reckoned, she might be able to use the knowledge to improve medicines so that they remain potent longer ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 4, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Why company bosses should brush up on biochemistry
Company leaders can often get away without knowing much about science. But a basic understanding of the science behind pharmaceuticals can boost your bottom line when it comes to health benefits. Here ’s how. A high-priced category of drug therapies for rare or chronic diseases, known as specialty drugs, drives employers’ health plan costs up fast. Often of biological origin, with complex molecular structures, these drugs require medical oversight, patient support and expert handling and ad ministration.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 1, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: HealthPartners Source Type: news

Kim Kardashian sees herself dating'absolutely no one' after Pete Davidson split
The “Kardashians” star previously said she could envision herself dating a “scientist, neuroscientist, biochemist, doctor attorney.” #biochemist #neuroscientist #doctorattorney #petedavidson #kimkardashian #kardashians (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Discovery of Er Blood Group System
Scientists from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood& Transplant (NHSBT) have discovered a rare new blood group system. The findings, published in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology, also solve a 30-year mystery. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - September 24, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Why Omicron Might Stick Around
Omicron, the 13th named variant of the coronavirus, seems to have a remarkable capacity to evolve new tricks. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carl Zimmer Tags: Coronavirus Omicron Variant Research Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Evolution (Biology) Biology and Biochemistry Viruses your-feed-science Source Type: news

Mars rover nears milestone in ambitious plan to return first rocks from another planet
After collecting a dozen pinkie-size rock samples over its 18 months on Mars, the Perseverance rover has a message for planetary scientists: Your order is ready for pickup. Next week, at a Mars community workshop, mission managers will reveal a plan to deposit 10 or 11 of the titanium sample tubes on the floor of Jezero crater, which held a lake billions of years ago. If NASA officials endorse the plan, the rover could begin to drop the samples as soon as November, assembling a cache that will play a key role in an ambitious plan to retrieve the first rocks from another planet. The Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission wo...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 20, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Newly identified small molecules break amyloid tangles that cause Alzheimer ’s
Key takeaways:In lab experiments, researchers observed a molecule called EGCG break up tau tangles extracted from Alzheimer ’s disease brain tissueEGCG does not, however, easily penetrate the human brainThey found two other molecules — CNS-11 and CNS-17 — that work like EGCG to stop tangles spreading cell to cell but are better leads for drugsScientists at UCLA have used a molecule found in green tea to identify additional molecules that could  break up protein tangles in the brain thought to cause Alzheimer’s and similar diseases.The green tea molecule, EGCG, is known to break up tau fibers — long, multilayered...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 19, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

As New Covid Boosters Move Forward, Better Outreach is Needed to Save US Lives
By Lily MeyersohnNEW YORK, Sep 9 2022 (IPS) This week––nearly ten months after the emergence of the Omicron variant––the United States is rolling out Covid-19 booster vaccines that specifically target newer, now-dominant strains of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that 209 million Americans over the age of 12, or 74 percent of that population, will be eligible for the shots. Unfortunately, the last year and a half are a stark reminder that it takes much more than even the miracle of “lightning speed” science to ensure widespread vaccination in this country. In lat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 9, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lily Meyersohn Tags: COVID-19 Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Chilean voters resoundingly reject a new ‘ecological’ constitution
To the dismay of many scientists in Chile, voters resoundingly rejected a draft constitution that would have had major impacts on research, environmental policies, and Indigenous rights. Sixty-two percent of voters said “no” during a referendum yesterday on the new charter, which would have steered the country sharply leftward. “I’m still a bit shocked,” says Olga Barbosa, an ecologist at the Austral University of Chile who supported the new constitution. “There’s still so much fear of change.” Last month, more than 1200 scientists signed a letter calling for approval of the draft, whi...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 5, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Heterogeneity in RAS mutations: One size does not fit all | Science Signaling
The distinct biochemistry and biology of KRAS Gln61 mutants are revealed (Huynh et al., in 09 August 2022 issue). (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - August 9, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news