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Novel compounds discovered in marine sponge can kill drug-resistant bacteria

18-Jul-2022

A research group led by scientists at the University of São Paulo (USP) in São Carlos, Brazil, has identified a number of bioactive compounds in a marine sponge collected on Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago about 400 km off the coast of Brazil’s Northeast region. Some of the substances proved ...

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Eckert & Ziegler Takes over Brazilian Isotope Specialists

Strengthening their Presence in South America

04-Aug-2021

Eckert & Ziegler acquired Ambientis Radioproteção, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, effective July 31st, 2021 via its subsidiary Eckert & Ziegler Brasil Isotope Solutions Ltda (EZBIS). The business with annual sales in the low single-digit million range and 24 employees and specialists have been ...

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High-fiber diet may play a role in controlling the inflammation associated with COVID-19

In vitro treatment of cells with these molecules reduced the expression of a gene that plays a key role in viral cell entry and a cytokine receptor

01-Apr-2021

A study conducted at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, shows that compounds produced by gut microbiota (bacteria and other microorganisms) during fermentation of insoluble fiber from dietary plant matter do not affect the ability of the novel coronavirus ...

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Two anti-inflammatory compounds shown to be capable of accelerating recovery from COVID-19

Monoclonal antibody and experimental drug given to patients promoted rapid improvement of respiratory function in patients in severe condition

17-Nov-2020

Two independent clinical studies – one by researchers at the Center for Cell-Based Therapy (CTC) in Ribeirão Preto, state of São Paulo (Brazil), on the monoclonal antibody eculizumab, and the other by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (USA) on an experimental drug ...

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It's all in the code

Protein production efficiency can be predicted by gene sequence

06-Feb-2019

Today, thousands of databases with biological data are publicly available. They include data on gene and protein sequences and detailed measurements of different cellular parameters, such as the exact quantities of all proteins produced and degraded by a given cell in various experimental ...

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Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

17-May-2018

Second-generation ethanol (also called cellulosic ethanol) open perspectives for optimizing alcohol production. Since 2G ethanol is obtained from from sugarcane straw and bagasse, it basically makes it possible converting waste into energy. Holder of the world's best biomass and boasting the ...

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Paving the way for the development of vaccines for emerging viruses

31-Jan-2018

The search for vaccines, treatments and preventive methods against infection by emerging viruses is one of the major challenges of global epidemiology. New pathological agents continue to emerge, such as the arbovirus transmitted by insects (in this case mosquitoes) that causes West Nile fever, ...

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Kit will identify genetic variations without need for lab analysis

19-Sep-2017

Scheme Lab, a biotech startup incubated at the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CIETEC), in São Paulo, Brazil, is developing genetic tests that can be used anywhere - in factories, on farms, or even at home - without the need for analysis by specialized laboratories. These ...

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Method identifies epileptic patients who can benefit from surgery

06-Apr-2017

Researchers affiliated with the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, have shown that genetic information can be used to improve early prediction of the response to drugs in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE), one of the most severe forms of epilepsy. ...

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Guarana found to have higher antioxidant potential than green tea

24-Aug-2016

The millions of people who consume green tea all over the world benefit from the catechins it contains. Catechins are a class of chemical compounds with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, among other healthy ingredients. Researchers at the University of São Paulo's Public Health ...

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