Tag Archives: Proteins

Protein designers get a boost for flu vaccine project

The University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design has won an $11.3 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to cook up a public health breakthrough: a universal flu vaccine. This marks the San Francisco-based nonprofit group’s first gift to a research effort in … Continue reading

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Scientists build proteins into molecular capsules

University of Washington researchers have taken a page from the viral playbook to create microscopic assemblies for packaging genetic material — with the goal of using the system for targeted drug delivery. The assemblies, known as synthetic nucleocapsids, work like viruses … Continue reading

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Cyrus Biotech raises $8M for protein toolkit

Cyrus Biotechnology is getting an $8 million infusion for its cloud-based protein modeling and design toolkit, thanks to a Series A financing round. The investment round was led by Trinity Ventures, with participation from OrbiMed Advisors, SpringRock Ventures, the W Fund and individual investors, the Seattle-based … Continue reading

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Big data helps scientists solve protein puzzles

Molecular biologists have enlisted cutting-edge trends in genomics and big data to get a grip on one of the grand challenges of biotech: figuring out how protein molecules fold. But they couldn’t have done it without the help of tens … 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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Scientists add twists to protein designs

Biochemists from the University of Washington have engineered complex protein molecules with additional chemical bonds that make it possible to mix and match them like the base pairs of DNA. The designer proteins, described today in a paper published by … Continue reading

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Designer proteins open up biotech frontiers

Synthetic genomes and gene editing are big things today, but the next big things in biotechnology could be proteins that are designed and edited on computers – and are then synthesized to produce novel types of medicines, materials and molecular machines. … Continue reading

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