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The changes in the red and blue bands show the recently discovered local unfolding of PAI-1 just before it is inactivated. Also shown is how the green parts of proteins are rearranged in connection with the inactivation. Figure: Morten Beck Trelle and Peter A. Andreasen

2014.07.30 | Research

Breakthrough in exploration of protein dynamics

Using a uniquely informative technology, a team of Danish researchers has discovered a new type of peptide chain dynamics that controls the stability of the PAI-1 protein. The discovery provides a better basis in the long term for intervening in diseases associated with increased risk of blood clots.

With a new method, researchers use a piece of DNA engineered to bind to metal ions. Using this ‘control stick’, they direct another piece of DNA to a metal binding site on the protein. Illustration: Nature Chemistry

2014.07.30 | Research

New method provides researchers with efficient tool for tagging proteins

Aarhus University researchers have developed an easier method to create DNA–protein conjugates. The method can potentially strengthen the work involved in diagnosing diseases.

The genetics of several cattle breeds is now described in hitherto unseen details. Photo: Colourbox

2014.07.30 | Research

Cattle code cracked in detail

The cattle genome has now been mapped to a hitherto unknown degree of detail. This constitutes a quantum leap for research into the history and genetics of cattle.