Topic: Department of Chemistry

Synthetic Molecule Makes Cancer Self-Destruct

Aug. 11, 2014

[caption id="attachment_47242" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Synthetic ion transporters can induce apoptosis by facilitating chloride anion transport into cells."]Synthetic ion transporters can induce apoptosis by facilitating chloride anion transport into cells.[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions have created a molecule that can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by ferrying sodium and chloride ions into the cancer cells.

These synthetic ion transporters, described this week in the journal Nature Chemistry, confirm a two-decades-old hypothesis that could point the way to new anticancer drugs while also benefiting patients with cystic fibrosis.

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President Names Chemist Allen Bard a Recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award

Jan. 13, 2014

President Barack Obama has named College of Natural Sciences chemist Allen Bard a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government's oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement.

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Chemist, Biomedical Engineer and Computational Biologist Elected Fellows of National Science Organization

Nov. 25, 2013

Three faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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3-D Printed Microscopic Cages Confine Bacteria in Tiny Zoos for the Study of Infections

Oct. 7, 2013

By caging bacteria in microscopic houses, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are studying how communities of bacteria, such as those found in the human gut and lungs, interact and develop infections.

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A Social Network for Genes?

Aug. 19, 2013
A Social Network for Genes?

In the same way Facebook recommends friends and Spotify suggests music, UT researchers are using links between genes to determine which ones cause disease. Learn more.

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