The newest addition to the Ohio State University Campus - the new Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building - held its grand opening earlier this month, on April 10, 2015. Located at the heart of the science and engineering portion of campus, the new building greaty expands laboratory and research space.Read More
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In the past year, we have seen some excellent progress in the field of breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Texas found a way to reduce breast cancer recurrence, and five University of Cincinnati researchers won grants for their advances in the field. Now Ohio State University has earned its time in the spotlight with a new drug that reverses tumor growth.Read More
Though we often report on the miraculous effects of suppressing or expressing just one gene, very often changing a single gene has minimal impact. However, in some cases the combination of two genetic changes does something far more drastic than changing either gene individually. In a recent study published by The Ohio State University, a research team found two innocuous gene variants whose mutations work together to protect against heart attacks.Read More
Malaria is a devastating global health problem in many parts of the world, having caused nearly 215 million infections internationally and 655,000 deaths per year. Most people know malaria is transmitted by the bite of an infective mosquito: the female Anopheles mosquito in particular. There are other less common methods of transmission as well, including blood transfusion, organ transplantation, needle sharing and when a mother gives birth to a child.
If a malicious bacterium seems particularly hardy in the face of current treatments, it’s probably only because we haven’t discovered its secret weakness. This seems to be the prevailing ideology at Ohio State University: earlier this month we saw how deactivating a single gene starves Salmonella and renders it essentially harmless. Now OSU researchers have pinpointed a protein in E. coli that, when inhibited, causes the bacteria to explode.
Despite our best efforts to eat fully cooked, virus-free food, 42,000 Americans fall victim to Salmonella infections each year. Once it’s inside you, there’s nothing you can do except for wait it out and miserably resolve never to make the same mistake twice. This utter helplessness inspired bioresearchers at Ohio State University to develop a secret weapon against the bacteria that targets a rather surprising weakness.
A challenging problem in biotechnology today is isolating an elusive type of blood cell that acts as a unique stem cell. Many believe it is too difficult a task to be worth the time and money. A research team at Ohio State University agrees with this belief, but sees no reason to despair: they instead propose an easier, more creative method to accomplish the same goal.
The human mouth is filled with all sorts of bacteria, some of which are essential to our survival and some of which can cause some rather nasty diseases. Unfortunately, telling the difference has been a massive challenge for oral biology, since the majority of the bacteria found in the mouth do not grow in laboratory dishes. Now, though, bioresearchers at Ohio State University have sequenced the genome of one such bacterium linked to the gum disease periodontitis.
Though the rate of depression is increasing in this country, the exact causes of the disorder are still unknown. That’s why life science researchers at Ohio State University are investigating the causes of depression from the biological perspective. Most recently, they’ve discovered unexpected perpetrators in the form of concussions and similar types of head trauma.
With the quality of imaging for microscopes, cameras, and even smartphones increasing at a drastic rate, it takes some pretty impressive technology to make a buzz in the imaging world. This is where biotechnology steps in, fusing the creations of nature with cutting-edge technology to produce something brilliant. In this case, bioscientists at Ohio State University have created a new lens that combine the focusing ability of human eyes with the panoramic view of insect eyes.