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Archive | August, 2011

The truncated endolysin, tagged with Green fluorescent protein, bound to C. difficile. Image by Kathryn Cross, Imaging Partnership at IFR

Tuning natural antimicrobials to improve their effectiveness at battling superbugs

Ongoing research at IFR, which is strategically funded by BBSRC, is exploring the use of virus-produced proteins that destroy bacterial cells to combat potentially dangerous microbial infections. Bacteriophages produce endolysin proteins that specifically target certain bacteria, and IFR has been studying one that destroys Clostridium difficile, a common and dangerous source of hospital-acquired infections. New […]

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Paul O'Maille

Nature reaches for the high-hanging fruit

In the first study of its kind, researchers have used tools of paleontology to gain new insights into the diversity of natural plant chemicals. They have shown that during the evolution of these compounds nature doesn’t settle for the ‘low-hanging fruit’ but favours rarer, harder to synthesise forms, giving pointers that will help in the […]

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Gro Slotsvik, International Manager at IFR

New International Manager for IFR

The International Offce at IFR is pleased to welcome Gro Slotsvik to their team. Gro Slotsvik’s role as the new International Manager at IFR is split between supporting collaboration between IFR scientists and researchers across the world, and working with international companies to apply IFR science to industry. Gro has arrived at IFR via Mozambique, […]

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Schematic representation of proteins

Shedding light on the glass state

In a special issue of the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics (EJPB) Dr Roger Parker and Dr Natalia Perez described new work which shed light on the molecular basis of stabilising proteins in the glass state. IFR, which is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has had a long […]

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