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Protein designers get a $45 million boost

The era of engineering proteins for medical applications just got a lot closer, thanks to a five-year, $45 million grant from The Audacious Project at TED to the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The institute, headed by … Continue reading

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Scientists design proteins that snap together

Researchers have created molecular building blocks that can weave themselves into long threads of protein. Well, maybe not all that long. Each protein-based building block measures only a nanometer in length, and the self-assembled filaments get about as long as 10,000 nanometers. … Continue reading

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Scientists fine-tune the formula for finding life

Is the presence of oxygen in the atmosphere of an alien world the only sure-fire sign that life is present? Not necessarily: Scientists say the chemical signature of biological activity is likely to be more subtle, involving a mix of … Continue reading

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Chemistry Nobel honors super-cool micro-imaging

This year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry recognizes the invention of cryo-electron microscopy, a method for chilling down biomolecules to produce less jittery, more precise pictures of them. Get the news brief from GeekWire.

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$12 million gift boosts UW chemistry

The University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry will be the beneficiary of a $12 million gift from an unusual source: one of its own professors. Most of the money committed by professor emeritus Larry Dalton and his wife, Nicole Boand, … Continue reading

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PBS’ ‘Nova’ gets into the Kickstarter spirit

Kickstarter has given a boost to science projects ranging from satellites to “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” but now it’s opening a new frontier for crowdfunding: “Nova” documentaries for public TV. Today marks the start of a 30-day “Make Science for All” campaign, … Continue reading

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Scientists find ways to pick a protein’s pockets

Researchers at the University of Washington have cracked the code for producing molecular structures with tiny pockets – structures that are likely to expand the repertoire for custom-designed proteins. The structures, technically known as beta sheets, are thought to have … Continue reading

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