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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092828/a-flexible-microbial-co-culture-platform-for-simultaneous-utilization-of-methane-and-carbon-dioxide-from-gas-feedstocks
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Eric A Hill, William B Chrisler, Alex S Beliaev, Hans C Bernstein
A new co-cultivation technology is presented that converts greenhouse gasses, CH4 and CO2, into microbial biomass. The methanotrophic bacterium, Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20z, was coupled to a cyanobacterium, Synechococcus PCC 7002 via oxygenic photosynthesis. The system exhibited robust growth on diverse gas mixtures ranging from biogas to those representative of a natural gas feedstock. A continuous processes was developed on a synthetic natural gas feed that achieved steady-state by imposing coupled light and O2 limitations on the cyanobacterium and methanotroph, respectively...
January 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092810/expectation-and-futurity-the-remarkable-success-of-genetic-determinism
#2
Maurizio Esposito
Genetic determinism is nowadays largely questioned and widely criticized. However, if we look at the history of biology in the last one hundred years, we realize that genetic determinism has always been controversial. Why, then, did it acquire such relevance in the past despite facing longstanding criticism? Through the analysis of some of the ambitious expectations of future scientific applications, this article explores the possibility that part of the historical success of genetic determinism lies in the powerful rhetorical strategies that have connected the germinal matter with alluring bio-technological visions...
January 13, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092796/global-open-data-management-in-metabolomics
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REVIEW
Kenneth Haug, Reza M Salek, Christoph Steinbeck
Chemical Biology employs chemical synthesis, analytical chemistry and other tools to study biological systems. Recent advances in both molecular biology such as next generation sequencing (NGS) have led to unprecedented insights towards the evolution of organisms' biochemical repertoires. Because of the specific data sharing culture in Genomics, genomes from all kingdoms of life become readily available for further analysis by other researchers. While the genome expresses the potential of an organism to adapt to external influences, the Metabolome presents a molecular phenotype that allows us to asses the external influences under which an organism exists and develops in a dynamic way...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092721/use-of-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-in-the-battle-against-bacterial-infectious-diseases-recent-achievements-and-future-perspectives
#4
Vassilios Sandalakis, Ioannis Goniotakis, Iosif Vranakis, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Anna Psaroulaki
Advancements in microbial identification occur increasingly faster as more laboratories explore, refine and extend the use of mass spectrometry in the field of microbiology. Areas covered: This review covers the latest knowledge found in the literature for quick identification of various classes of bacterial pathogens known to cause human infection by the use of MALDI-TOF MS technology. Except for identification of bacterial strains, more researchers try to "battle time" in favor of the patient. These novel approaches to identify bacteria directly from clinical samples and even determine antibiotic resistance are extensively revised and discussed...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092714/the-food-in-our-future-where-will-we-find-ethics
#5
Jeffrey Burkhardt
Food and agricultural systems are in large part driven by technology. Together with public policy, the kinds of technologies that are induced into, or chosen by actors in, food systems, dictates their structure and activities. The ″Big Story″ or ideology which underlies research, development and adoption of technologies provides the justification for choices we make about the future of the food system. A combination of productionism -more is better, and ″feed the world″- is what governs, and seems to be what will govern Western food systems...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092711/-the-future-of-ecology-wisdom-as-the-speculative-centre-of-environmental-ethics
#6
Luca Valera
This article argues that it is necessary to go back to Potter's proposal to rediscover a concept of bioethics wider than medical ethics, and strongly connected to environmental ethics. The two disciplines share, among others, the following dimensions: the consciousness of the sin as a consequence of recent technological developments; the need for a salvation; the need for a science of survival; wisdom as a possible solution. Referring to the latter, the work of Van Rennselaer Potter (father of bioethics) and Arne Næss (father of deep ecology, and in a broader sense, of environmental ethics) are particularly linked: it seems that wisdom should be the virtue providing answers about our way of dwelling the world...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092710/-sobre-la-no-responsabilidad-de-la-tecnociencia-en-los-problemas-ambientales-y-la-b%C3%A3%C2%BAsqueda-de-pol%C3%A3-tica
#7
Jorge Martínez Barrera
In this paper I propose to reflect upon modern configuration of technique, i.e., technoscience, and our responsibility towards environmental management. I show that the technological products of our world imply a certain attitude of aggression towards nature, contrasting with the attitude of protection from her, which was peculiar of the pre-technological world. Finally I suggest recovering the classical notion of politics as a possible alternative for controlling techno-scientific imperatives.
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092692/smile-seq-identifies-binding-motifs-of-single-and-dimeric-transcription-factors
#8
Alina Isakova, Romain Groux, Michael Imbeault, Pernille Rainer, Daniel Alpern, Riccardo Dainese, Giovanna Ambrosini, Didier Trono, Philipp Bucher, Bart Deplancke
Resolving the DNA-binding specificities of transcription factors (TFs) is of critical value for understanding gene regulation. Here, we present a novel, semiautomated protein-DNA interaction characterization technology, selective microfluidics-based ligand enrichment followed by sequencing (SMiLE-seq). SMiLE-seq is neither limited by DNA bait length nor biased toward strong affinity binders; it probes the DNA-binding properties of TFs over a wide affinity range in a fast and cost-effective fashion. We validated SMiLE-seq by analyzing 58 full-length human, mouse, and Drosophila TFs from distinct structural classes...
January 16, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092690/post-translational-selective-intracellular-silencing-of-acetylated-proteins-with-de-novo-selected-intrabodies
#9
Michele Chirichella, Simonetta Lisi, Marco Fantini, Martina Goracci, Mariantonietta Calvello, Rossella Brandi, Ivan Arisi, Mara D'Onofrio, Cristina Di Primio, Antonino Cattaneo
The ability to selectively interfere with post-translationally modified proteins would have many biological and therapeutic applications. However, post-translational modifications cannot be selectively targeted by nucleic-acid-based interference approaches. Here we describe post-translational intracellular silencing antibody technology (PISA), a method for selecting intrabodies against post-translationally modified proteins. We demonstrate our method by generating intrabodies against native acetylated proteins and showing functional interference in living cells...
January 16, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092658/mutation-effects-predicted-from-sequence-co-variation
#10
Thomas A Hopf, John B Ingraham, Frank J Poelwijk, Charlotta P I Schärfe, Michael Springer, Chris Sander, Debora S Marks
Many high-throughput experimental technologies have been developed to assess the effects of large numbers of mutations (variation) on phenotypes. However, designing functional assays for these methods is challenging, and systematic testing of all combinations is impossible, so robust methods to predict the effects of genetic variation are needed. Most prediction methods exploit evolutionary sequence conservation but do not consider the interdependencies of residues or bases. We present EVmutation, an unsupervised statistical method for predicting the effects of mutations that explicitly captures residue dependencies between positions...
January 16, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092631/optoelectrofluidic-printing-system-for-fabricating-hydrogel-sheets-with-on-demand-patterned-cells-and-microparticles
#11
Hyun Ji Gi, Dongsik Han, Je-Kyun Park
This paper presents a novel optoelectrofluidic printing system that facilitates not only the optoelectrofluidic patterning of microparticles and mammalian cells but also the harvesting of the patterned microparticles encapsulated within poly(ethylene glycol) dicarylate (PEGDA) hydrogel sheets. Although optoelectrofluidic technology has numerous advantages for programmable and on-demand patterning and the feasibility of manipulating single microparticles, practical applications using existing laboratory infrastructure in biological and clinical research fields have been strictly restricted due to the impossibility of recovering the final patterned product...
January 16, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092627/the-effect-of-surface-transport-on-water-desalination-by-porous-electrodes-undergoing-capacitive-charging
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Amit N Shocron, Matthew E Suss
Capacitive deionization (CDI) is a technology in which water is desalinated by ion electrosorption into the electric double layers (EDLs) of charging porous electrodes. In recent years significant advances have been made in modeling the charge and salt dynamics in a CDI cell, but the possible effect of surface transport within diffuse EDLs on these dynamics has not been investigated. We here present theory which includes surface transport in describing the dynamics of a charging CDI cell. Through our numerical solution to the presented models, the possible effect of surface transport on the CDI process is elucidated...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092613/effects-of-udder-infections-with-staphylococcus-xylosus-and-staphylococcus-warneri-on-the-composition-and-physicochemical-changes-in-cows-milk
#13
M Vasil, E Pecka-Kiełb, J Elečko, A Zachwieja, W Zawadzki, F Zigo, J Illek, Z Farkašová
The aim of this study was an evaluation of the effects of two species of coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS), Staphylococcus xylosus and Staphylococcus warneri, on the changes in technological parameters of cows' milk. The study was conducted in a herd of Slovak Pied cattle breed (with share of HF blood). Based on the performance results from three subsequent months, cows in the 2nd and 3rd lactation with SCC up to 200 thousand/ml (8 heads, 32 quarters), and above 800 thousand/ml (8 heads, 32 quarters), after the 4th month of lactation, were selected...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092606/molecular-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-the-nlr-family-card-containing-five-transcripts-in-the-pig
#14
Q Y Yang, T Chen, Y B Chen, D L Lan
The NOD-like receptor (NLR) family caspase recruitment domain-containing 5 (NLRC5) is one of the newly discovered and largest NLR family members. The NLRC5 has recently received extensive attention because of its important role in regulating innate and adaptive immune responses. The NLRC5 in many vertebrates, such as humans, mice, cattle, and horses, has already been proven and studied. However, the NLRC5 gene characteristics of pigs remain unclear. Thus, we completely cloned the NLRC5 cDNA sequence of the pig using the rapid amplification of cDNA ends(RACE) technology...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092577/social-touch-technology-a-survey-of-haptic-technology-for-social-touch
#15
Gijs Huisman
This survey provides an overview of work on haptic technology for social touch. Social touch has been studied extensively in psychology and neuroscience. With the development of new technologies it is now possible to engage in social touch at a distance or engage in social touch with artificial social agents. Social touch research has inspired research into technology mediated social touch, and this line of research has found effects similar to actual social touch. The importance of haptic stimulus qualities, multimodal cues, and contextual factors in technology mediated social touch is discussed...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092569/discovery-of-micrornas-and-transcription-factors-co-regulatory-modules-by-integrating-multiple-types-of-genomic-data
#16
Jiawei Luo, Gen Xiang, Chu Pan
It is well known that regulators known as microRNA (miRNA) and transcription factor (TF) have been found to play an important role in gene regulation. However, there are few researches of collaborative regulatory (co-regulatory) mechanism between miRNA and TF on system level (function level). Meanwhile, recent advances in high-throughput genomic technologies have enabled researchers to collect diverse large-scale genomic data, which can be used to study the co-regulatory mechanism between miRNA and TF. In this paper, we propose a novel method called SNCoNMF (Sparse Network regularized non-negative matrix factorization for Co-regulatory modules identification) which adopts multiple non-negative matrix factorization framework to identify co-regulatory modules including miRNAs, TFs and genes...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092471/genomics-pipelines-and-data-integration-challenges-and-opportunities-in-the-research-setting
#17
Jeremy Davis-Turak, Sean M Courtney, E Starr Hazard, W Bailey Glen, Willian da Silveira, Timothy Wesselman, Larry P Harbin, Bethany J Wolf, Dongjun Chung, Gary Hardiman
The emergence and mass utilization of high-throughput (HT) technologies, including sequencing technologies (genomics) and mass spectrometry (proteomics, metabolomics, lipids), has allowed geneticists, biologists, and biostatisticians to bridge the gap between genotype and phenotype on a massive scale. These new technologies have brought rapid advances in our understanding of cell biology, evolutionary history, microbial environments, and are increasingly providing new insights and applications towards clinical care and personalized medicine...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092459/toward-high-throughput-and-multiplexed-imaging-of-genome-organization
#18
Eric F Joyce
Dr. Eric Joyce from the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania was awarded The President's Innovation award at the annual Society of Biomolecular Imaging and Informatics meeting held in Boston, September 2016. Chromosome interactions are a fundamental aspect of nuclear organization that can activate and silence genes or even direct chromosome rearrangements. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying how chromosomal segments find each other and form stable interactions within cells remain unknown...
January 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092440/molecular-interactions-between-graphene-and-biological-molecules
#19
Xingquan Zou, Shuai Wei, Joshua Jasensky, Minyu Xiao, Qiuming Wang, Charles L Brooks, Zhan Chen
Applications of graphene have extended into areas of nanobio-technology such as nanobio-medicine, nanobio-sensing, as well as nanoelectronics with biomolecules. These applications involve interactions between proteins, peptides, DNA, RNA etc. and graphene, therefore understanding such molecular interactions is essential. For example, many applications based on using graphene and peptides require peptides to interact with (e.g., noncovalently bind to) graphene at one end, while simultaneously exposing the other end to the surrounding medium (e...
January 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092432/highly-ordered-nanoring-arrays-formed-by-templated-si-containing-triblock-terpolymer-thin-films
#20
Karim Aissou, Muhammad Mumtaz, Pierre Marcasuzaa, Cyril Brochon, Eric Cloutet, Guillaume Fleury, Georges Hadziioannou
Laterally ordered nanorings with a periodicity of 38 nm are produced from the directed self-assembly of poly(1,1-dimethylsilacyclobutane)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) thin films on topographically patterned substrates. Such nanoscale arrays with vertically oriented rings are highly desired in technological applications including memory using magnetic recording, metamaterial, waveguide, etc.
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