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Biotechnology

Herbs and berries can preserve meat

Why should the shelf life of meat products be extended by a chemical preservative, nitrite, if nature’s own products, grown ecologically, can be used? Researchers have found eight herbs and berries that can preserve meat – and also offer new flavours.

Northern biolab for rent

If you have some good bio-tech ideas but no place to test them, you might consider a travel to the far North.

Defects found in infertile women’s eggs

For the first time ever researchers have developed a method for studying women’s immature eggs. The new findings could pave the way for customised fertility treatment.

A single protein controls our metabolism

A certain type of cell in our body controls our metabolism and helps decide whether we are hungry or not. This could lead to a drug for controlling obesity.

New European genome HQ to create genome atlas

The opening of a new international genome research centre in Copenhagen marks the kick-off to an ambitious research project, which could lead to a cancer vaccine.

Chimpanzees have the X factor

New research reveals how natural selection has affected the evolution of chimpanzees, and perhaps also humans. The X chromosome probably holds the answer.

A most unusual cancer patient

One of humankind's genetic cousins is baker's yeast. That makes this humble yeast a perfect guinea pig for cancer research.

Top 10: The best copies of Nature (Part 2)

Continuing yesterday's roundup, here are five more examples of how new technologies can be created by copying the science of Mother Nature.

Top 10: The best copies of Nature (Part 1)

Here's the first five of ten examples of how new technologies can be created by copying the science of Mother Nature.

Resistant bacteria can be tamed again

Pioneering research has found the key to making resistant bacteria sensitive to antibiotics. New medicine could be on the market within two years.