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Vol 26, Nos. 09 & 10, September & October 2022
Synthesising Schiff Base Antimicrobial Copper Complexes With Unprecedented Speed

Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have developed a method that synthesises amino acid derivatives of Schiff base copper complexes in 10 minutes, a step up from previous reaction times that spanned from a few hours to days.

B Vitamins Can Potentially Be Used to Treat Advanced Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Scientists at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, have found that elevated blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine correlate strongly with the severity of an advanced form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It was also discovered that vitamin B12 and folic acid could be used to prevent and/or delay disease progression.

Enhancing the Understanding of Past Infections With Machine Learning

A novel machine learning method can identify past infections using unprecedentedly small datasets retrieved from T-cell receptors and has the potential to enhance the understanding of how the immune system recognises pathogens.

Simulating the Formation of Geometric Patterns By Tissue Cells

Mathematicians at Kyoto University have developed a model that simulates cell cooperation and movements during the formation of geometric patterns essential for the proper functioning of sensory endothelial tissue.

Preventing Retinal Scarring Caused by Failed Retinal Detachment Repair Surgery Using a Novel Synthetic Polymer

Researchers in Singapore have developed a novel synthetic polymer, in the form of a thermogel that reduces the incidence of vision loss after a failed retinal detachment surgery attempt.

Generating Nanoparticle Mists from Solutions with Plasma for Medical Use

Researchers have found a safe way to generate a mist of nano-sized particles using plasma, which has the potential to be utilised in novel methods for transdermal drug delivery.

Key Intermediate in Carbon Dioxide-to-Methanol Reaction Discovered

The catalytic intermediates and key characteristics of the mechanism of the conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol with a copper-based catalyst have been identified by researchers at the University of Tsukuba. Their discovery has the potential to enhance the efficiency of pre-existing decarbonisation systems.

Manufacturing Lutein With Bacteria

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology have developed a novel method to produce unprecedentedly high levels of lutein through the use of systems metabolic engineering.

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Mini, Cellular Bioweapons: Understanding the Structure and Mechanism of Stinging in Sea Anemone Nematocysts

The structure and mechanism of the nematocyst – the organelle responsible for jellyfish and sea anemone stings, has been elucidated and caught in action in the starlet sea anemone for the first time.

Survivors of Immune System Antimicrobials: How Do Bacteria Detoxify Hypothiocyanite?

Bacteria are known to be adaptive to their environments, but how exactly are they able to thrive in the presence of known antimicrobials?

Converting Dead Spiders Into Gripping Tools

Researchers at Rice University have developed a novel method, to control and use the dead bodies of spiders for gripping micro-sized objects.

Toothbrush Takeover: Nanobot Swarm that Can Brush, Floss, and Rinse Teeth

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a robotic swarm of iron oxide nanoparticles that can remove plaque from teeth via brushing and flossing, as well as kill pathogens due to its ability to catalyse the formation of free radicals from hydrogen peroxide for disinfection purposes.

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