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Squeezing low-cost electricity from sustainable biomaterial

05-Dec-2017

Mobile phone speakers and motion detectors in cars and video games may soon be powered by electricity generated from low cost and sustainable biomaterials, according to research carried out at University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. Scientists at UL's Bernal Institute have discovered that the ...

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Major breakthrough identifies new mechanism for the development of schizophrenia

12-Oct-2017

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have discovered that abnormalities of blood vessels in the brain may play a major role in the development of schizophrenia, a debilitating condition that affects around 1% of people in Ireland. The network ...

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Giant molecular cages for energy conversion and drug delivery

04-Jul-2017

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin and AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have created 'molecular cages' that can maximise the efficiency of converting molecules in chemical reactions, and that may in future also be ...

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Not such a 'simple' sugar

Glucose may help fight cancer and inflammatory disease

01-Jun-2017

Glucose - commonly referred to as a 'simple' sugar - may actually be crucial in the fight against cancer and inflammatory disease as scientists have just discovered a new role in which it stimulates cells that work on the front line in the fight against tumours and infection. Glucose, which is ...

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'Goldilocks' genes that tell the tale of human evolution hold clues to variety of diseases

10-Feb-2017

Geneticists from Trinity College Dublin have used our evolutionary history to shine light on a plethora of neurodevelopmental disorders and diseases. Their findings isolate a relatively short list of genes as candidates for many diverse conditions including autism spectrum disorders, ...

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Critical anti-viral role of biological molecule discovered

27-Jan-2017

Scientists have discovered that a biological molecule important in cell growth (STAT3) is also critical in protecting us against infection - so much so that we would be unable to fight the common flu virus without it. Their discovery could pave the way to the development of new therapeutics ...

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Foods rich in resistant starch may benefit health

06-Jan-2017

A new comprehensive review examines the potential health benefits of resistant starch, a form of starch that is not digested in the small intestine and is therefore considered a type of dietary fibre. Some forms of resistant starch occur naturally in foods such as bananas, potatoes, grains, and ...

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Exciting new option for targeted cancer therapy

09-Dec-2016

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have uncovered a new class of compounds - glyconaphthalimides - that can be used to target cancer cells with greater specificity than current options allow. Cancer is difficult to treat, and many current therapies are unable to specifically target cancer ...

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Shire to combine with Baxalta

Combination creates global biotechnology company

13-Jan-2016

Shire plc and Baxalta Incorporated announced that the boards of directors of both companies have reached an agreement under which Shire will combine with Baxalta. Under the agreement, Baxalta shareholders will receive $18.00 in cash and 0.1482 Shire ADS per Baxalta share. Based on Shire's ...

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Gene regulating severity of tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis identified

01-Sep-2015

Scientists have identified a new (C5orf30) which regulates the severity of tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Following the discovery published in PNAS, rheumatoid arthritis patients most likely to suffer the severest effects of the condition can now be identified early and ...

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