A new breakthrough in biology allows scientists to grow food without sunlight

Photosynthesis can be considered one of nature’s superpowers, but it’s surprisingly inefficient, with only about 1 percent of the energy found in sunlight making it inside the plant. Now, scientists at UC Riverside and the University of Delaware say they have found a method to bypass the need for biological photosynthesis, allowing them to create … Read more

Scientists talk about shark attack off the coast of California

Central Coast beaches draw thousands of people to the sand and ocean to relax and stay cool.However, the ocean is also home to sharks and on occasion, these ocean predators make it clear that people need to be aware they inhabit coastal waters too.One of those confrontations happened Wednesday near Lovers Point in Pacific Grove.The … Read more

Scientists use human breast milk to treat prolonged COVID-19 in a severely immunodeficient patient – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo state, Brazil, have resorted to a thoroughly unconventional method to treat COVID-19 in a patient with a rare genetic disease that makes her immune system unable to combat viruses and other pathogens. She was instructed to take 30 milliliters of breast milk every three hours … Read more

Salk scientists find surprising link between immune system, hair growth – BIOENGINEER.ORG

LA JOLLA— (June 23, 2022) Salk scientists have uncovered an unexpected molecular target of a common treatment for alopecia, a condition in which a person’s immune system attacks their own hair follicles, causing hair loss. The findings, published in Nature Immunology on June 23, 2022, describes how immune cells called regulatory T cells interact with … Read more

Scripps Research scientists identify sensor underlying mechanical itch – BIOENGINEER.ORG

LA JOLLA, CA—Scientists at Scripps Research have identified a protein in sensory nerves that works as a key detector of itch — specifically the “mechanical” itch stimulus of crawling insects, wool fibers, or other irritating objects that touch the skin. LA JOLLA, CA—Scientists at Scripps Research have identified a protein in sensory nerves that works … Read more

SwRI scientists map sulfur residue on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa – BIOENGINEER.ORG

SAN ANTONIO – June 22, 2022 – A Southwest Research Institute-led team used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe Jupiter’s moon, Europe, at ultraviolet wavelengths, filling in a “gap” in the various wavelengths used to observe this icy water world. The team’s near-global UV maps show concentrations of sulfur dioxide on Europa’s trailing side. SwRI … Read more

Wistar scientists identify novel therapeutic approach to re-activate immune response against tumors – BIOENGINEER.ORG

PHILADELPHIA – (June 21, 2022) – Due to the development of resistance to chemotherapy and recurrent tumors, patients with ovarian cancer often have low survival rates. Therefore, new therapeutic options such as targeted therapy that boosts antitumor immunity are needed to improve ovarian cancer treatment efficacy and patient survival. PHILADELPHIA – (June 21, 2022) – … Read more

UTSW scientists identify protein key to inhibiting flu virus: Newsroom

Beatriz Fontoura, Ph.D. DALLAS – June 20, 2022 – A collaborative study from UT Southwestern scientists has identified a new function for a protein called TAO2 that appears to be key to inhibiting replication of the influenza virus, which sickens millions of individuals worldwide each year and kills hundreds of thousands . The findings were … Read more

UTSW Scientists Identify Protein Key to Inhibiting Flu Virus

Newswise – A collaborative study from UT Southwestern scientists has identified a new function for a protein called TAO2 that appears to be key to inhibiting replication of the influenza virus, which sickens millions of individuals worldwide each year and kills hundreds of thousands. The findings were published in PNAS. “These results uncover new strategies … Read more

Scientists conceptualize a species ‘stock market’ to put a price tag on actions posing risks to biodiversity – BIOENGINEER.ORG

So far, science has described more than 2 million species, and millions more await discovery. While species have value in themselves, many also deliver important ecosystem services to humanity, such as insects that pollinate our crops. So far, science has described more than 2 million species, and millions more await discovery. While species have value … Read more