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Virus-Built Wearable Batteries Could Power Military


Batteries, built by viruses, could someday be sprayed onto military uniforms as wearable power sources.

Teams of researchers, one from MIT, one from the University of Maryland, have used two different viruses to create the cathode and anode for a lithium ion battery.

If the Maryland research pans out, the parts for lithium ion batteries could be grown in and harvested from tobacco plants. The MIT research, meanwhile, could produce lithium ion batteries that could be woven into clothing to power a wide range of electronic devices, from unmanned aerial vehicles to cell phones... Read More

Mtech Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility to Expand to IBBR Shady Grove


The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility (BSF) will double its facilities and staff, expand into Shady Grove, acquire new equipment, and create a pilot plant for biofuels in College Park through the support of a $200,000 Shared Resource Grant from the Maryland Biotechnology Center.

"The purpose of providing this funding to the university is to make sure the BSF's capabilities are available to the growing number of biotechnology companies in Maryland,"... Read More

Identifying enzymes to explode superbugs


IBBR's Dr. Daniel Nelson teams up with researchers from Georgia Insititute of Technology to publish new research in IOP Publishing's Physical Biology.

New research yields pioneering methods to identify lytic enzymes for use in combatting superbugs in the wake of rising antibiotic resistance.

With the worrying rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs like MRSA, scientists from a wide range of disciplines are teaming up to identify alternative therapies to keep them at bay.

One long-considered solution is the use of lytic enzymes which attack bacteria by piercing their... Read More

Nobel Laureate Dr. Ada Yonath to speak at IBBR


Dr. Ada Yonath will present a seminar titled "The Ribosome: Its Tiny Enemies and Hints About Its Origin" at IBBR on Wednesday October 20th, 2010 at 10 AM. The seminar is open to the public and will be presented in the IBBR Shady Grove Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Yonath focuses on the mechanisms underlying protein biosynthesis, by ribosomal crystallography, a research line she pioneered over twenty years ago despite considerable skepticism of the international scientific community.   Ribosomes... Read More

Closer Look at Cell Membrane Shows Cholesterol 'Keeping Order'


Cell membranes form the “skin” of most every cell in your body, but the ability to view them up close and in motion cannot be rendered by many experimental techniques. A team of scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of California, Irvine, recently developed a way to magnify them dramatically.
Their work has helped illuminate the important role of cholesterol within this boundary between the cell and the outside world.

The multi-institutional team used tools at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) to examine the... Read More

Dr. Tridib Bhowmick selected to receive 2011 CRS Outstanding Consumer and Diversified Products Paper Award


IBBR post-doctoral fellow Dr. Tridib Bhowmick selected to receive the 2011 CRS Outstanding Consumer and Diversified Products Paper Award38th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society.This highly recognized award is given annually to the best paper of the international conference of the Controlled Release Society, in the Consumer & Diversified Products track. The Controlled Release Society (CRS) is the premier society world-wide for drug delivery science and technology, serving members from more than 50 countries, including industry, academia, and government.The... Read More