Kerafast sponsors charity hockey tournament

Perhaps you have heard about the ice bucket challenge, a social media campaign from several summers ago. This challenge “dared” people to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads or give money to support ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and pass it on via social media. The inspiration 

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Neutralizing the Ebola virus with newly identified antibodies

A recent study in the journal Immunity describes the isolation and identification of two monoclonal antibodies that effectively protect against three different Ebola viruses. The research was led by Dr. James E. Crowe, Jr. of Vanderbilt University, whose B Cell Activating Feeder Cell Line, used to generate B cell cultures yielding human monoclonal antibodies, is 

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Spicy burn of chili peppers burns fat

Researchers from University of Wyoming have developed Metabocin, an anti-obesity drug derived from capsaicin, the part of a chili pepper that is responsible for its spicy burn. The capsaicin targets TRPV1 receptors to burn the energy in white fat cells rather than store it, and Metabocin has proven to effectively cause long-term weight loss in 

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Exploring alternative treatments for Clostridium difficile infection

Antibiotics have been effectively utilized for decades in the treatment against infectious agents. However, antibiotic use has been known to have detrimental effects, including the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and alterations to the microbiota. The microbiota is a community of bacteria that colonize the body and can influence metabolism, physiology, nutrition and immune function. An 

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Do aging lymphatic vessels lead to Alzheimer’s disease?

Until a discovery in 2015, it was believed that the lymphatic vessels surrounding the brain did not exist. Since then, researchers from the University of Virginia have made a connection between the aging vessels and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers’ findings were published in the journal Nature. Lymphatic Vessels and the Brain In 

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Is cancer just bad luck?

By Dipanjan Basu, PhD The brief answer to this question is “We don’t know”. But the bigger question here is why should we bother to know? Cancer has been around for a very long time and humanity has come a long way investigating the characteristics and treatments for various kinds of cancer. In fact, in 

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A less invasive way to treat diabetes

Despite the improvements made to weight loss surgeries that reverse diabetes and obesity, numerous patients continue to opt against it, finding it too invasive. This prompted Dr. Ali Tavakkoli of Brigham and Women’s Hospital to find a less invasive way to deliver the same benefits. The goal is to produce a pill that delivers a 

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New insight into DNA repair regulation

A new study has identified an enzyme that regulates DNA repair through deubiquitylation of a key protein. The research, led by University of Sheffield scientists, has implications for better understanding chemotherapy-resistant cancers as well as neurological disorders. The paper, published in Cell Reports, cites Kerafast’s MultiDsk Ubiquitin Binding Protein Reagent, which allows for the capture 

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