chemical biology

‘Chewing betel leaf may help fight cancer’


September 18th, 2012 - 2:32 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 18 (IANS) Chewing 'paan' or betel leaf could help fight a form of bone marrow cancer, a group of Indian researchers say.A molecule derived from betel leaf may ... Read more...

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Indian scientists find safe drug against kala azar


September 10th, 2012 - 5:41 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 10 (IANS) Indian scientists have found a safe orally-administered drug against kala azar, a disease that puts at risk an estimated 165.4 million people in Bihar, Jharkhand, West ... Read more...

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Tummy out after pain killers? Kolkata scientists find a cure


August 29th, 2012 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 29 (IANS) Pill popping has become a reflex action to aid quick pain relief, often leading to gastro complications and sometimes even hospitalisation. Now, relief could be at ... Read more...

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Bugs filch copper to spread urinary infections


July 9th, 2012 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 9 (IANS) Bugs causing serious urinary tract infections stay ahead of the immune system by filching copper to prevent the metal from being used against them, says a ... Read more...

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Caffeine-exercise combo protects against skin cancer


April 4th, 2012 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 4 (IANS) A caffeine-exercise combo may be able to ward off skin cancer caused by exposure to sunlight, a study reveals."We found that this combination treatment can decrease ... Read more...

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New compound destroys deadly flu virus


September 26th, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 26 (IANS) A new compound destroys several viruses, including the one that triggered the deadly Spanish flu, wiping out 30 million people worldwide in the 1918 pandemic.The compound, ... Read more...

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Some bugs doze off to outwit antibiotics


April 26th, 2011 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 26 (IANS) Some bacteria go off to "sleep" to prevent themselves from being attacked by antibiotics which can fight only those bugs which are metabolically active.A new research, ... Read more...

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Combination therapy shows promise in treating devastating cystic fibrosis


April 25th, 2011 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): A new study has suggested that an over-the-counter drug used to treat diarrhea combined with minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, could one day change the ... Read more...

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This substance tricks brain to ease Parkinson’s


April 21st, 2011 - 3:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 21 (IANS) A painstaking search through nearly 390,000 chemical compounds has isolated a substance that can sneak through the brain's protective barrier and trick it into easing Parkinson's ... Read more...

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World’s first programmable nanoprocessor developed


February 10th, 2011 - 4:17 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 10 (ANI): Engineers and scientists have developed the world's first programmable nanoprocessor.The groundbreaking prototype computer system, developed in at Harvard University and the MITRE Corporation, represents a significant step forward ... Read more...

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Blood-clotting bandage to help save lives on the battlefield


January 30th, 2011 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 30 (ANI): Scottish scientists are developing a new chemical bandage that will help save lives on the battlefield by instantly helping to clot blood and staunch wounds.The authors have discovered ... Read more...

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Researchers ‘watch’ formation of cells’ protein factories for first time


October 30th, 2010 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 30 (ANI): The Scripps Research Institute's team has revealed the first-ever pictures of the formation of cells' "protein factories," which is likely unravel complexities of the cell and lead to ... Read more...

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How HIV resists AIDS preventing AZT drug


September 20th, 2010 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 20 (ANI): Scientists at Rutgers have found how HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, resists AZT, a drug widely used to treat the deadly disease.The scientists believe their discovery helps ... Read more...

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Molecule that can starve cancer cells and tumors they produce identified


September 19th, 2010 - 3:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 19 (ANI): A new research has indicated that a molecule - simply called 968 - can starve cancer cells and the tumors they produce.The key to this research is the ... Read more...

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Zinc vital to fertilization of healthy eggs


August 10th, 2010 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 10 (ANI): Scientists have found that healthy eggs need a tremendous amount of zinc to reach maturity and be ready for fertilization.The find from Northwestern University could help physicians assess ... Read more...

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Scientists discover new way diseases develop


July 9th, 2010 - 4:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 9 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which cells direct gene expression, the process by which information from a gene is used to direct the physical and ... Read more...

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Why incidence of skin cancers is common in people with a genetic disorder


June 24th, 2010 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 24 (ANI): Absence of a an enzyme is what makes patients with a variant form of xeroderma pigmentosum (XPV)- an inherited genetic disorder characterized by extreme sensitivity to the sun-more ... Read more...

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New strategy to fight cancer drug resistance discovered


June 21st, 2010 - 5:36 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 21: Scientists seem to have found a way to immobilize a common protein that often opposes chemotherapy treatment of various forms of cancer.The researchers have discovered that that they could ... Read more...

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Blocking DNA repair protein likely to make cancer therapy safer


June 2nd, 2010 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 2 (ANI): Blocking DNA repair protein could lead to targeted, safer cancer therapy, according to a new American research.The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer ... Read more...

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Thousands of possible new drugs to fight malaria identified


May 20th, 2010 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 20 (ANI): Scientists have identified thousands of potential new drugs to fight malaria by the mass-screening of chemicals.The international research team, led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators, released ... Read more...

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Cheaper painkillers soon thanks to opium breakthrough


March 15th, 2010 - 10:43 am ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 15 (IANS) Canadian researchers have decoded opium poppy which will lead to cheaper and mass production of the current costly pain killers. Currently, the morphine is the most used painkiller ... Read more...

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Marine sponges may help fight cancer


February 19th, 2010 - 2:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): The natural compound sceptrin, which is found in marine sponges, reduces cancer cell motility (movement) and has very low toxicity, researchers have found.Investigators at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute ... Read more...

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Zebrafish may help offer mental illness treatment


January 19th, 2010 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 19 (ANI): American researchers say zebrafish can help find treatments for mental illness and neurological disorders since their brain chemistry is similar to humans.According to Randall Peterson of Massachusetts General ... Read more...

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Scientists cast doubt on anti-aging red wine drugs


January 16th, 2010 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 16 (ANI): Scientists have cast a shadow of doubt over drugs that might cheat the biology of ageing.Separate teams led by researchers at the drugs companies Amgen in Thousand Oaks, ... Read more...

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Enzyme that leads to cancer aggressiveness identified


January 13th, 2010 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 13 (ANI): Scientists have observed that an enzyme that normally helps break down stored fats is capable of making cancer cells more malignant.Experts at The Scripps Research Institute identified the ... Read more...

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Quantum computer used to calculate exact energy of molecular hydrogen


January 11th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 11 (ANI): In a groundbreaking approach, scientists have used a quantum computer to calculate the precise energy of molecular hydrogen, which could have profound implications not just for quantum chemistry, ... Read more...

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Green tea chemical combined with another may help treat brain disorders


December 4th, 2009 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 4 (ANI): A new therapy combining a chemical commonly found in green tea with another has been found effective in preventing and destroying amyloids, involved in fatal brain disorders such ... Read more...

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Alzheimer’s study may help develop new drugs for urinary tract infections


November 25th, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 25 (ANI): Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have revealed that amyloids, known to be responsible for causing Alzheimer's disease, have been found to play a ... Read more...

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New live oral cholera vaccine developed by Indian scientists


November 11th, 2009 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI
Kolkata, Nov.11 (ANI): Scientists from three Indian institutes have developed a new live oral cholera vaccine from non-virulent innocuous strain, which was modified to formulate the vaccine.National Institute of Cholera and Enteric ... Read more...

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Scientists can now eavesdrop on bacteria


November 9th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 9 (IANS) A new breakthrough will help scientists eavesdrop on bacteria and learn how they chat with one another. This finding is likely to lead to new therapeutic discoveries for ... Read more...

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Promising candidates for new HIV drugs found


October 14th, 2009 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 14 (ANI): Studying an HIV protein that plays a key role in AIDS progression has helped University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers discover compounds that show promise as novel ... Read more...

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Crack in stomach ulcer bacteria could lead to new antibiotics


October 1st, 2009 - 5:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 1 (ANI): Scientists claim to have identified a crack in the armor of a common microbe that causes stomach ulcers and other diseases.They have identified a group of substances that ... Read more...

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Novel antibacterial can lead to new treatments for resistant infections


September 28th, 2009 - 6:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 28 (ANI): In a breakthrough discovery, McMaster University researchers have revealed an ideal starting point to develop new interventions for resistant infections.Led by Eric Brown, the researchers have identified a ... Read more...

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Scientists uncover new anti-TB compounds


September 17th, 2009 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 17 (ANI): Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College have identified certain compounds that would inhibit the sophisticated mechanism used by tuberculosis bacteria for surviving dormant in infected cells.The researchers said ... Read more...

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Carbon nanotubes could be used to make efficient solar cells


September 11th, 2009 - 11:36 am ICT by ANI
Washington, September 11 (ANI): Using a carbon nanotube instead of traditional silicon, Cornell University researchers have created the basic elements of a solar cell that hopefully will lead to much more efficient ... Read more...

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