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sugarcane

Study Clarifies Process of Sugarcane Genome Evolution

Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sugarcane, with more than 7 million hectares planted and an annual crop of 480 million metric tons,...
rehabilitation

Virtual Reality, Videogames and Robots as Tools in Physical Rehabilitation

Technologies originally designed for entertainment, such as electronic games, gesture recognition sensors and virtual reality (VR) goggles, can make rehabilitation sessions more enjoyable and...
genetic

New Tool Could Facilitate Search for Disease-causing Genetic Variants

Scientists affiliated with the Brazilian Initiative on Precision Medicine (BIPMed) are working in partnership with Seven Bridges, a multinational that specializes in biomedical data...
neurons

Scientists Train Neurons in Research on Memory

Are laboratory-grown neurons capable of learning? Experiments conducted at George Mason University (GMU) in the United States suggest they are. The neurons are “trained” by...
silicon photonic device

Device Designed to Exploit Scattering of Light by Mechanical Vibrations

Researchers at the University of Campinas’s Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute (IFGW-UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, have theoretically developed a silicon photonic device that...
protein kinase

University and Pharmaceutical Company Create New Drug Discovery Tools

The open platform bioRxivrecently published one of the first fruits of a partnership between the Brazilian pharmaceutical company Aché Laboratórios Farmacêuticos and the Protein Kinase...
epileptic

Method Identifies Epileptic Patients Who Can Benefit from Surgery

In a study published in the journalPLOS ONE, researchers affiliated with the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, have shown that...
Chagas disease

Novel Method Is Used to Edit Genome of Parasite That Causes...

Scientists have frequently used techniques to manipulate the genomes of disease-causing parasites in an endeavor to identify targets for drug development. These techniques include...
Optomechanical device

Device Boosts Interaction Between Light and Motion

Optomechanical devices, which simultaneously confine light waves and mechanical waves to permit interaction between them, can be used both to study fundamental questions in...
zika virus

Study Identifies Biomarkers of Infection by Zika Virus in Aedes Mosquitoes

A study by Brazilian researchers published in the journal PLoS One has identified 13 lipids found in Aedes spp. mosquitoes as potential biomarkers for Zika...
graphene

Brazilian Researchers Discover Unexpected Property of Graphene

Graphene is one of the most researched materials in the world today. The explanation is simple: consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms...
pharmaceutical

Novel Method Facilitates Quantification of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

A quick and inexpensive method of identifying and quantifying active substances in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and foods is described by researchers at the University of...
whey

Whey protein protects intestine against adverse effects of high-fat diet

In addition to its importance to athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, whey protein is also important for the protection it affords against the adverse effects of...
sugarcane

Researchers Map Entire Population of Microorganisms in Sugarcane

A single sugarcane sample is home to 23,811 types of bacteria and 11,727 different groups of fungi, according to researchers at the University of...
Nephrotic syndrome

Discovery of Novel Gene Mutations Associated with Nephrotic Syndrome in Children

Nephrotic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms of kidney disease mainly evidenced by excessive urinary excretion of protein, has several causes, including genetic mutations that...
zika

Study shows how Zika virus kills brain cells

Recent research has shown that neural progenitor cells – a type of stem cell capable of differentiating into neurons and glial cells – are...
Zika

Mini-brains help scientists understand link between Zika and microcephaly

Brazilian scientists have used cerebral organoids – three-dimensional structures called mini-brains that are created in a laboratory from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) –...