building blocks of proteins

Potent new drugs likely from witches’ brew


October 10th, 2011 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 10 (IANS) A brew administered by African witch doctors to pregnant women to hasten labour and delivery could be a source of promising new drugs.The brew, concocted from ... Read more...

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New fusion molecule ‘empowers immune system to fight cancer’


April 13th, 2011 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): Scientists are one step closer to tap the body's own resources to fight cancer.Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have developed a molecule that lies dormant ... Read more...

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Liver plays key role in maintaining fertility


February 2nd, 2011 - 12:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): A University of Milan study has suggested that estrogen receptors in the liver are critical for maintaining fertility.Moreover, the expression of those receptors is under the control of ... Read more...

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Did life on Earth begin in space?


January 20th, 2011 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 20 (IANS) Many experts believe that biological raw materials were carried to our planet as lumps of asteroid rock.The molecular structure of amino acids - the building blocks of proteins ... Read more...

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Scientists find ‘elixir of life’


October 6th, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 06 (ANI): An 'elixir of life' cocktail that could increase life expectancy has been created by scientists.A new study has found that when mice are given drinking water laced with ... Read more...

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‘Ancestral Eve’ crystal could explain origin of left-handed amino acids


April 22nd, 2010 - 4:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): Researchers have discovered what may be the "ancestral Eve" crystal that billions of years ago gave life on Earth its curious and exclusive preference for so-called left-handed amino ... Read more...

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Scientists solve mystery of world’s nitrogen-cycling budget


October 18th, 2009 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 18 (ANI): Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have identified an unexpected metabolic ability within a symbiotic community of microorganisms that may help solve a lingering mystery about ... Read more...

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Organic material in ‘dino mummy’ to give clues about its evolution


July 2nd, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 2 (ANI): A mummified dinosaur unearthed in North Dakota, US, may contain traces of 66-million-year old organic material, which could provide vital information about its evolution.The well-preserved fossil of the ... Read more...

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Duckbilled dino had skin like birds and crocodiles


July 1st, 2009 - 1:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 1 (ANI): A new study of a remarkably preserved fossil of a duckbilled dinosaur has revealed that the prehistoric reptile had skin like that of birds and crocodiles.According ... Read more...

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High-fat diet plus extra protein may lead to insulin resistance


April 8th, 2009 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 8 (ANI): The next time you grab a glass full of protein shake do remember this admonition: too much protein, eaten along with fat, may lead to insulin resistance.The study, ... Read more...

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Soon, a simple urine test to diagnose heart disease


January 29th, 2009 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 29 (ANI): Aussie researchers have moved a step closer to developing the first urine test for diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD), the condition behind most heart attack cases. Lead ... Read more...

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Cutting protein tail of tumour suppressor can help fight cancer


December 31st, 2008 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 31 (ANI): In a breakthrough study, a cell biologist in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has shown how genetically removing the protein tail of a tumour suppressor ... Read more...

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Food poisoning pathogen helps create high-energy biofuels


December 19th, 2008 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) Researchers have genetically modified Escherichia coli, a food poisoning pathogen, to create unusually long-chain alcohols, essential in the production of high-energy biofuels. Longer-chain alcohols, with five or more ... Read more...

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It takes gut to form a bone


November 27th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 27 (ANI): When it comes to bone formation, serotonin produced in gut has a major role to play, finds a new study.The study led by Columbia University researchers have ... Read more...

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“Bold traveller” bug could be key to life on other planets


October 10th, 2008 - 1:06 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 10 (ANI): A bug, discovered deep in a goldmine and nicknamed "the bold traveller" has got astrobiologists excited because of its unique ability to live in complete isolation of ... Read more...

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Last common ancestor of Neanderthals and humans lived about 660,000 years ago


August 8th, 2008 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 8 (ANI): The complete Neanderthal mitochondrial genome sequenced from a 38,000-year-old bone has shown that the last common ancestor of Neanderthals and humans lived about 660,000 years ago, give ... Read more...

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Scientists detect organic molecule near centre of Milky Way


March 27th, 2008 - 1:29 pm ICT by admin
Berlin, March 27 (ANI): Scientists have detected for the first time an organic molecule closely related to an amino acid near the centre of our Milky Way.The organic molecule, known as ... Read more...

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How a protein disrupts cholesterol regulation


February 5th, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by admin
Washington, February 5 (ANI): Scientists have uncovered the specific way by which a destructive protein destroys a molecule that removes bad cholesterol from the blood.The practical benefit of this finding is ... Read more...

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Making bitter healthy foods taste better may soon be possible


January 23rd, 2008 - 2:32 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Jan 23 (ANI): A team of scientists from the Monell Center and Tokyo University of Agriculture has used a new molecular way to find chemical compounds from common foods that activate ... Read more...

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Scientists discover genetic switch for internal body clock


December 13th, 2007 - 1:14 pm ICT by admin
London , Dec 13 (ANI): A team of researchers including an Indian scientist have identified the chemical switch that facilitates the genetic mechanism controlling human bodys circadian rhythms or the internal body ... Read more...

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300 new human genes discovered


November 21st, 2007 - 1:13 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Nov 21 (ANI): Researchers at the Cornell University have discovered around 300 previously unidentified human genes, and have also found extensions of several hundred genes, which were already known, using evolution-tracking ... Read more...

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