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Squid proteins help create self-healing fabrics

Squid proteins help create self-healing fabrics Different teams of researchers have recently identified interesting self-assembly proteins in the ring teeth of squid.There’s only a very small amount of protein in the ring teeth — about one gram for a 5kg squid.

Scientists create new fluorescent protein to monitor the cell cycle

Scientists create new fluorescent protein to monitor the cell cycle When you need new cells, they can be created through a process called mitosis, whereby a cell makes a copy of itself.A new technique from Stanford (PDF) allows the cell cycle to be observed with more precision than ever before.

Tardigrades survive extreme dehydration by turning into glass

Tardigrades survive extreme dehydration by turning into glass Scientists have revealed one of the tardigrade’s best-kept secrets: how they protect themselves from harm under extreme dehydration.To accomplish that remarkable feat, the animals rely on bespoke proteins called tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins (TDPs).

It sounds crazy, but NASA is seriously growing space crystals to help make better drugs

It sounds crazy, but NASA is seriously growing space crystals to help make better drugs In order to efficiently design drugs, chemists must first understand the structure of the proteins the drugs are intended to interact with.By growing higher-quality crystals in space, researchers may be able to unravel the complexities of some of these proteins and adapt their crystal-growing methods to create better blueprints.