Following are news that I saw on internet on bioinformatics topics. I will try to keep this page up to date. If you find interesting things please let me know by email
April 25, 2006
Scientists design potent anthrax toxin inhibitor
Scientists funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have engineered a powerful inhibitor of anthrax toxin that worked well in small-scale animal tests. More on this story
April 24, 2006
Anthrax inhibitor counteracts toxin, may lead to new therapeutics
Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Toronto have designed a nanoscale assembly of molecules that successfully counteracts and inhibits anthrax toxin in animal and laboratory experiments. The novel approach used to neutralize anthrax toxin could be applied in designing potent therapeutics for a variety of pathogens and toxins, according to the researchers. More on this story
April 23, 2006
A new and very potent antimicrobial compound has been discovered
Scientists have discovered a bacteria-fighting compound 100 times more effective than penicillin - in wallaby milk. More on this story
April 22, 2006
Newly discovered protein kills anthrax bacteria by exploding their cell walls
Not all biological weapons are created equal. They are separated into categories A through C, category A biological agents being the scariest: They are easy to spread, kill effectively and call for special actions by the pubic health system. One of these worrisome organisms is anthrax, which has already received its fair share of media attention. But work in Vince Fischetti’s laboratory at Rockefeller University suggests that
A bacterium's final gasp. A bacillus bacterium, a close relative of anthrax, begins to explode after being treated with PlyPH. The PlyPH protein, discovered by Rockefeller scientists, offers several advantages over existing anthrax treatments. a newly discovered protein could be used to fight anthrax infections and even decontaminate areas in which anthrax spores have been released. More on this story
March 30, 2006
Minimal genome should be twice the size, study shows
The simplest bacteria need almost twice as many genes to survive than scientists first believed, according to new research published in Nature (30 March 2006).
March 28, 2006
"Accelerated Evolution" Converts RNA Enzyme to DNA Enzyme In Vitro
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have successfully converted an RNA enzyme (ribozyme) into a DNA enzyme (deoxyribozyme) through a process of accelerated in vitro evolution. The molecular conversion or transfer of both genetic information and catalytic function between these two different genetic systems, which are both based on nucleic acid-like molecules, is exactly what many scientists believe occurred during the very earliest period of earth's existence.
March 27, 2006
New RNAi tools enable systematic studies of gene function
An international public-private research team led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced today the construction and availability of an extensive library of molecular reagents to silence most human and mouse genes.