More than eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year—a serious danger for the environment and health. Biodegradable bioplastics could provide an alternative. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, a research team has now introduced a new method for the production of protein-based plastics that are easily processable, biodegradable, and biocompatible, as well as having favorable mechanical properties.
Feeling excessively tired, devoid of energy, demoralised, and irritable? You may have burnout, a syndrome associated with a potentially deadly heart rhythm disturbance.
Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Washington have demonstrated the first fully automated system to store and retrieve data in manufactured DNA — a key step in moving the technology out of the research lab and into commercial datacenters.
Why use regular sunscreen when you can apply a DNA film to your skin? Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a coating made out of DNA that gets better at protecting skin from ultraviolet light the more you expose it to the sun, and it also keeps your skin hydrated.
Va. - Deoxyribonucleic acid, more commonly known as DNA, is our body’s biological computer, and it stores information and carries genetic instructions vital to our everyday functions. DNA does this so well, in fact, that scientists are exploring new ways to leverage its capabilities in a way to protect the warfighter.
Researchers in Japan have made a breakthrough in the search for a birth control pill for men after discovering that two commonly used immunosuppressants cause reversible infertility in mice. Cyclosporin A (CsA) and Tacrolimus (FK506) are often given to organ transplant patients to prevent rejection of their new organ. Miyata et al.discovered that the target of these two drugs, an enzyme called calcineurin, is critical for sperm development and motility. They observed that continuously dosing mice with calcineurin inhibitors quickly rendered them sterile, an effect that, importantly, disappeared within a week of stopping treatment.