Self-powered herbicide biosensor
A self-powered biosensor that can detect herbicides in water has been developed by US scientists. Most commercial herbicides act by inhibiting photosynthesis in plants. Unfortunately, photosynthetic aquatic microorganisms and aquatic plants are also similarly affected, which is why herbicid ... more
New Computational Tool for Rapid Identification of Disease-causing Variations in the Human Genome
Scientists from the University of Utah and Omicia, Inc., a privately held company developing tools to interpret personal genome sequences, announced the publication in Genome Research of a new software tool called VAAST, the Variant Annotation, Analysis and Selection Tool, a probabilistic d ... more
Potential HIV drug keeps virus out of cells
Following up a pioneering 2007 proof-of-concept study, a University of Utah biochemist and colleagues have developed a promising new anti-HIV drug candidate, PIE12-trimer, that prevents HIV from attacking human cells.
Michael S. Kay, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry in the ... more