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:: BioResearch Int'l Weekly News Round-Up: January 6 ::



January 6, 2012

Genetically Engineered Tobacco Plants Manufacture Antimalaria Drug
A line of genetically engineered tobacco plants has been developed that carry all the genes required to encode the entire biochemical pathway necessary for producing the potent, but expensive to produce, antimalarial drug artemisinin. More..


Antibodies That Block Metalloproteinase Activity Prevent Crohn’s Disease
A new approach to treating chronic autoimmune diseases is based on monoclonal antibodies that specifically target the catalytic zinc-protein complex that is the functional heart of proteolytic enzymes. More..


 Brown Rice Can Be Used to Make Artificial Albumin
A new study claims that rice can be used to make recombinant human serum albumin, a protein found in human blood that is often used for treating burns, traumatic shock, and liver disease. More..


 Neurological Disorder Linked to Genetic Mutations
A gene has been detected that is linked to epilepsy in babies and movement disorders in older children. More..


 Biomedical Engineers Create Silk Microneedles for Controlled-Release Drug Delivery 

 Image: Silk microneedles are being touted as a new drug delivery mechanism (Photo courtesy of Tufts University).
A publication described the manufacture and use of biodegradable and biocompatible “microneedles” as a minimally invasive drug delivery alternative to hypodermic needles. More..

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