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New tool analyzes disease and drug effects with unprecedented accuracy and consistency

14-May-2018

A new protein analysis tool developed at the University at Buffalo could vastly increase the speed and precision with which disease and drug effects are analyzed. The groundbreaking tool, called IonStar, is the first to provide near-perfect accuracy when quantifying and comparing the abundance of ...

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Newly improved glass slide turns microscopes into thermometers

04-May-2018

The humble glass microscope slide may be primed for a makeover. A study published online in the journal Nature Communications describes how an updated version of this centuries-old tool can now enable scientists to see tiny objects while also measuring their temperature. The advancement, made ...

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Study of COPD patients has created a 'looking glass' into genome of pathogen

21-Mar-2018

Decades of work on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at the University at Buffalo and the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System have yielded extraordinary information about the pathogen that does the most harm to patients. The results provide the first insights into how ...

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How do we taste sugar, bacon and coffee?

A new chemical pathway that helps the brain detect sweet, savory and bitter flavors

11-Jan-2018

How do we taste the sugary richness of candy, or the bitter undertones of coffee? What about the savory flavors of smoked and cured meats? Until now, many scientists believed that a single protein -- TRPM5 -- acted as a gatekeeper for tasting these delectable foods. Remove TRPM5 from a person's ...

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The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope

24-Oct-2017

In 2004, pneumonia killed more than 2 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. By 2015, the number was less than 1 million. Better access to antibiotics and improved nutrition account for part of the decline. But scientists say it's mostly due to vaccines introduced ...

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Beware doping athletes! This sensor may be your downfall

02-Aug-2017

Scientists searching for traces of drugs, bomb-making components and other chemicals often shine light on the materials they're analyzing. This approach is known as spectroscopy, and it involves studying how light interacts with trace amounts of matter. One of the more effective types of ...

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When proteins court each other, the dance moves matter

16-Mar-2017

At every moment inside the human body, a carefully choreographed dance is being performed. Proteins shake their bodies and wave their limbs, all with the goal of optimizing their interaction with other molecules, including other proteins. These tiny motions, called vibrations, enable the ...

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From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modification

16-Mar-2017

A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord ...

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Embryonic gene Nanog reverses aging in adult stem cells

The fountain of youth may reside in an embryonic stem cell gene

27-Jul-2016

In a series of experiments at the University at Buffalo, the gene kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries and other telltale signs of growing old. The findings also show promise in counteracting premature aging disorders such as ...

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Veggie juice that illuminates the gut

13-Jul-2016

The pigment that gives spinach and other plants their verdant color may improve doctors' ability to examine the human gastrointestinal tract. That's according to a study which describes how chlorophyll-based nanoparticles suspended in liquid are an effective imaging agent for the gut. "Our work ...

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