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Department of Biochemistry

 
Read more at: Collaboratively accelerating model system development in marine microbial ecology
Immunofluorescence microscopy of Amphidinium carterae showing the expression of an artificially introduced gene.

Collaboratively accelerating model system development in marine microbial ecology

The Nisbet, Howe and Waller Groups are part of an international consortium that has published a new paper detailing the genetic transformation of many marine microbial species for the first time.


Read more at: Magnetised molecules used to monitor breast cancer
An artist's impression of the scan room.

Magnetised molecules used to monitor breast cancer

A new type of scan that involves magnetising molecules allows doctors to see in real-time which regions of a breast tumour are active, according to new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Read more at: 50 year old mystery of collagen I chain registration resolved
Crystal structures of the three computationally-designed triple-helical collagen peptides that mimic the three possible COL1 molecular structures.

50 year old mystery of collagen I chain registration resolved

The Farndale Group and their collaborators have published a new paper in Nature Chemical Biology that reveals the molecular assembly of type I collagen.


Read more at: Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers
Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM) analysis of a spruce stem section

Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers

The Dupree Group and their collaborators have captured the visible nanostructure of living wood for the first time using an advanced low-temperature scanning electron microscope.


Read more at: Genetic transformation of the dinoflagellate chloroplast
Genetically modified dinoflagellate algae

Genetic transformation of the dinoflagellate chloroplast

An international group of researchers, led by Dr Ellen Nisbet, Dr Ross Waller and Professor Christopher Howe have developed a new tool in the study of coral bleaching.


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Science Communication Specialist  Rhys Grant

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