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New protein nanobioreactor designed to improve sustainable bioenergy production

Reprogramming bacterial protein organelles as a nanoreactor for hydrogen production

04-Nov-2020

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have unlocked new possibilities for the future development of sustainable, clean bioenergy. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows how bacterial protein 'cages' can be reprogrammed as nanoscale bioreactors for hydrogen production. The ...

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New killing mechanism discovered in 'game-changing' antibiotic

If made suitable for humans, it would mark the first new class of antibiotic drug for 30 years

11-Jun-2020

Scientists at the University of Liverpool and University of Utrecht have taken another step forward on their quest to develop a viable drug based on teixobactin - a new class of potent natural antibiotic capable of killing superbugs. Research published in Nature Communications provides ...

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Snake venom treatment investigated as antibiotic alternative for eye infections

20-Jul-2018

An innovative University of Liverpool research project that will investigate whether compounds used to treat snake venom and bee stings could provide an alternative to antibiotics in treating eye infection has been awarded £170,000 by the charity Fight for Sight. Professor Stephen Kaye and his ...

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Compound identified that protects against neurodegeneration

20-Jul-2018

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have identified a new compound that protects against neurodegeneration in nematode worms. The discovery may enable novel treatments for human neurodegenerative diseases to be developed in the future. With the predicted growth of the global ageing ...

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Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial 'machines'

12-Jun-2017

New research from the University of Liverpool, has probed the structure and material properties of protein machines in bacteria, which have the capacity to convert carbon dioxide into sugar through photosynthesis. Cyanobacteria are a phylum of bacteria that produce oxygen and energy during ...

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New cancer drug interactions resource launched

06-Jun-2017

The University of Liverpool and Radboud University, Nijmegen have launched a new website intended to promote safer prescribing and improve quality of care for cancer patients called http://www. cancer-druginteractions.org . Building on comparable, world-renowned resources for HIV and Hepatitis, ...

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Zika virus: Approaching the unknown

01-Mar-2016

Understanding the scale and range of neurological disease associated with Zika virus infection is an urgent priority, warn researchers from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health. Since the first reports of Zika virus infection in Brazil in early 2015, its rapid ...

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Finding new approaches for therapeutics against Ebola virus

08-Sep-2014

Researchers from the University of Liverpool in collaboration with Public Health England have been investigating new ways to identify drugs that could be used to treat Ebola virus infection. Their approach has been to study what proteins inside a cell are critical for the functions of Ebola virus ...

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Anti-depressants worse than thought

27-Feb-2014

A University of Liverpool researcher has shown that thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants may be more widespread than previously thought. In a survey of 1,829 people who had been prescribed anti-depressants, the researchers found large ...

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Step closer to understanding tendon injury

10-Jan-2014

Research led by Queen Mary University of London has discovered a specific mechanism that is crucial to effective tendon function, which could reveal why older people are more prone to tendon injury. Tendons, such as the Achilles, connect muscle to bone, and are loaded repeatedly during movement. ...

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