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Enzyme ‘Wrench’ Could Be Key to Stronger, More Effective Antibiotics

Building antibiotic compounds at the molecular level requires precision and specialized tools. NC State research may turn an enzyme that acts as a specialized “wrench” in antibiotic assembly into a set of wrenches that will allow for greater customization.

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Most Hospital Pregnancy Tests Found to Be Unreliable After First Few Weeks of Pregnancy

Though the 11 most popular hospital urine pregnancy tests perform well in the first month after conception, a new study published in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, reveals the alarming statistic that nine of these tests become significantly more likely to produce false-negative results after the 5th to 7th week of pregnancy.

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A New Approach to Huntington's Disease?

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Tweaking a specific cell type’s ability to absorb potassium in the brain improved walking and prolonged survival in a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, reports a UCLA study in Nature Neuroscience. The discovery could point to new drug targets for treating the devastating disease, which strikes one in every 20,000 Americans.

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Bamboo-Loving Giant Pandas Also Have a Sweet Tooth

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Despite the popular conception of giant pandas as continually chomping on bamboo, new research from the Monell Center reveals that this highly endangered species also has a sweet tooth. Behavioral and molecular genetic studies demonstrate that the panda possesses functional sweet taste receptors and shows a strong preference for natural sweeteners.

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Veteran Carbohydrate Chemist Turns His Eyes Toward Diabetes

Carbs come in a dizzying variety of sizes and shapes, and due to this diversity, researchers can use them to create a broad range of drugs—including some that can address the complications of diabetes. Boston Therapeutics’ compound BTI20 is a new compound designed to keep blood sugar after eating from spiking and could prevent or at least delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

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Researcher: Study on Element Could Change Ballgame on Radioactive Waste

Groundbreaking work by a team of chemists on a fringe element of the periodic table could change how the world stores radioactive waste and recycles fuel.

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Shifting Evolution Into Reverse Promises Cheaper, Greener Way to Make New Drugs

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By shifting evolution into reverse, it may be possible to use “green chemistry” to make a number of costly synthetic drugs as easily and cheaply as brewing beer.

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Dartmouth Cancer Researcher on Genetic-Based Testing and Treatment for Breast Cancer

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247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition Press Conference Schedule

Press Conference Schedule for the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, March 16-20, 2014.

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