Tagged: enzymes

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work – a chemist explains - Guest Work

Guest Author May 01, 2018

Emily Flashman, Research Fellow in Enzymology, University of Oxford This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The plastic bottles we throw away today will be around for hundreds of years. It’s one of the key reasons why the mounting plastic pollution problem, which is having a deadly effect on … Read More

‘Super gonorrhoea’ raises the stakes in the war against superbugs - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 06, 2018

Mark Blaskovich, The University of Queensland There has been a lot of news over the past few weeks about the rise of superbugs and antibiotic overuse, including a nasty sexually transmitted infection in the United Kingdom. A British man is the first in the world to be diagnosed with a strain of gonorrhoea resistant to all strains … Read More

Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 12, 2017

By  Ian Haydon, University of Washington A chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people, including children, triggered the Trump administration’s recent missile strikes against the Syrian government. The use of illegal nerve agents – apparently by the Assad regime – violated international law; President Trump said he was moved to act … Read More

Understanding evolution – the changing enzymes of E. coli - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Sep 10, 2014

PhD candidate Katherine Donovan, who is using mass spectrometry to look at whether the evolved protein is changing its dynamics Making a bet at a conference led to a Marsden Fund research grant for Canterbury University’s Dr Ren Dobson. His team are now looking into how nature – in, to our eyes, an apparently haphazard way – manages … Read More