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Researchers debunk myth about Parkinson's disease

17-09-2014

Using advanced computer models, neuroscience researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new knowledge about the complex processes that cause Parkinson's disease. The findings have recently been published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The defining symptoms of Parkinson's disease are ...

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Scientists disagree on responsible research

10-04-2014

Responsible research has been put firmly on the political agenda with, for instance, EU's Horizon 2020 programme in which all research projects must show how they contribute responsibly to society. New research from the University of Copenhagen reveals that the scientists themselves place great ...

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New perspective for soil clean-up

Microscopic ciliates transport poisonous tar substances

26-03-2014

You must use a microscope to spot the new helpers that can assist in biological soil clean-up (bioremediation). They are small, mobile microorganisms, such as the unicellular slipper-shaped ciliates that can be found in stale water in a flower vase, where they feed on bacteria. New results from ...

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Cosmetic treatment can open the door to bacteria

13-03-2014

Many people have 'fillers' injected into their facial tissue to give them 'bee-stung lips' or to smooth out their wrinkles. Unfortunately, a lot of cosmetic treatment customers experience unpleasant side effects in the form of tender subcutaneous lumps that are difficult to treat and which - in ...

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Enzyme controls transport of genomic building blocks

10-03-2014

Our DNA and its architecture are duplicated every time our cells divide. Histone proteins are key building blocks of this architecture and contain crucial information that regulates our genes. Danish researchers show how an enzyme controls reliable and high-speed delivery of histones to DNA ...

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More dangerous chemicals in everyday life

Now experts warn against nanosilver

03-03-2014

Endocrine disrupters are not the only worrying chemicals that ordinary consumers are exposed to in everyday life. Also nanoparticles of silver, found in e.g. dietary supplements, cosmetics and food packaging, now worry scientists. A new study from the University of Southern Denmark shows that ...

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Nuevolution announces license agreement with Merck

25-02-2014

Nuevolution A/S announced that it has entered an exclusive license agreement with a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, for small molecule compounds targeting an undisclosed intracellular target for use as leads in Merck’s drug discovery and ...

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Chemist gets US patent for solution to resistance problem

21-02-2014

A chemist based at the University of Copenhagen has just taken out a patent for a drug that can make previously multidrug-resistant bacteria responsive to antibiotics once again. Jørn Bolstad and his chemist colleagues hope that the substance will soon be able to tackle the tremendous problems ...

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Turn primitive artificial celle into complex biological materials

06-02-2014

It is a big dream in science: To start from scratch with simple artificial microskopic building blocks and end up with something much more complex: living systemts, novel computers or every-day materials. For decades scientists have pursied the dream of creating artificial building blocks that ...

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Designer proteins provide new information about the body's signal processes

03-02-2014

Proteins play a fundamental role in almost all biological processes. They consist of chains constructed of up to 20 different amino acids, and their composition, structure and function are controlled by the genetic code. Brilliant minds at the Center for Biopharmaceuticals are now attempting to ...

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