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A new antibiotic for C. difficile threat

Kathryn Roberts , 23/01/2020

A new antibiotic holds promise for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs). Phase 2 clinical trials by UK drug discovery company Summit Therapeutics show the antibiotic ridinilazole significantly outperforms the current treatment: vancomycin.

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AI for agriculture

A.Nair , 23/01/2020

As India faces the prospect of feeding 1.6bn people by 2050, the country is turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to weed out inefficiencies in national agriculture.

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Alpek buys UK PET plant

Anna Jagger , 23/01/2020

Mexican petrochemicals producer Alpek has acquired Lotte Chemical UK, which operates a 350,000t/year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Wilton.

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Antibiotic firms falter

Anthony King, 23/01/2020

In late December 2019, US antibiotic maker Melinta was forced into bankruptcy.

Cambodia aid for global treaties

Xiaozhi Lim, 23/01/2020

Cambodia has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to build up its capabilities for domestic chemicals management and meet its obligations under the global chemicals treaties that it has ratified.

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Cosmetic microbeads ban

Xiaozhi Lim, 23/01/2020

China has announced it will prohibit the production of everyday cosmetic and personal care products containing microbeads at the end of 2020. The sale of such products will be banned after 31 December 2022, according to a government report that shapes and sets the tone for future industrial development.

Drill into drug-resistant bacteria

Anthony King , 23/01/2020

Scientists in the US say they have developed molecules to drill holes into antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Their nanomachines were activated by light and found to increase the susceptibility of drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae to meropenem.

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Drug price cuts

A.Nair , 23/01/2020

India’s drug price regulator, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), along with the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), is looking to limit the trade margins of non-scheduled drugs and medical devices, which are not under price control.

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Gene therapy for the brain

Maria Burke , 23/01/2020

A new experimental technique appears to slow tumour growth and prolong life in mice with brain cancer. The gene therapy transforms human cells into mass producers of nanoparticles full of genetic material that could reverse disease processes.

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MOFs clean up flue gas

Anthony King , 23/01/2020

Researchers have discovered a better way to scrub CO2 from smokestack emissions. The international collaboration searched a library of 350,000 metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), to find structures for capturing CO2, but not water. From a shortlist of 30 MOFs, they synthesised and tested two (Nature, 2019, 576, 253).

Molecular factories

Cath O'Driscoll, 23/01/2020

Researchers in Switzerland have developed molecular factories (MFs) with architecture and functionality that mimic nature. Although some artificial cells have been useful for producing therapeutics or performing specific in vitro reactions, the authors claim that their MFs represent an advance in functionality for more complex in vivo processes.

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Science briefs

23/01/2020

Researchers from the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Solid State Physics have produced a new kind of gel which overcomes the inherent random and disordered nature of conventional gels.

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Space coating

Anthony King , 23/01/2020

A robust nano-barrier has been developed to coat precision instruments on future space missions.

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The Soviet collapse slashed GHG emissions

Anthony King , 23/01/2020

The collapse of the Soviet Union saved billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, a new report estimates.

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Unsolved problem has been solved

Maria Burke , 23/01/2020

Australian researchers have taken a novel approach to studying turbulence by combining quantum liquids and silicon chip technology.

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US biologics pirces set to fall

Sarah Houlton , 23/01/2020

Changes to the USMCA North American trade agreement that will replace NAFTA could eventually lead to lower prices for biologic medicines in the US.

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Vaping and cannabis oil

Maria Burke, 23/01/2020

US researchers suggest that an outbreak of vaping-associated lung injuries (EVALI) in 2019 was because the vapers were using cannabis oil containing vitamin E acetate. 

Wheat harvest potential

Anthony King , 23/01/2020

Wheat harvests in Europe could increase by an extra 5t/ha, according scientists at Rothamsted Research, UK.

World’s largest wood pulp plant

Anna Jagger, 23/01/2020

Austrian cellulosic fibres producer Lenzing and Brazilian company Duratex have announced plans to build a US$1.3bn joint venture dissolving wood pulp plant in Brazil.

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