Science, discussed.

Quality vs Quantity in European Universities

Just a quick note inspired by the World University Rankings 2014-15 published by The Times Higher Education. And restricted to European Countries. To get a better picture of how different Countries … Continue reading

30/03/2015 · 2 Comments

The dual role of Transcription Factors in protein evolution, revisited

In December 2013, Stergachis and colleagues published a high-profile paper on the dual role Transcription Factors (TFs) might have as a consequence of their binding to protein coding regions. This observation could … Continue reading

15/01/2015 · 2 Comments

No conservation of protein dynamics in enzyme evolution

Today’s #365papers is about the topics of protein dynamics, their role in enzymes and some insights into their role in evolution. Maintenance of Native-like Protein Dynamics May Not Be Required for Engineering … Continue reading

09/01/2015 · Leave a comment

An ‘invincible’ antibiotic that is bound to be defeated

The following paper was published as recently as yesterday, but already caused a bit of a stir on social media. Let’s see why. A new antibiotic kills pathogens without detectable … Continue reading

08/01/2015 · 2 Comments

Give praise to DARPins

Today I’m briefly mentioning a recently published and very comprehensive Annual Review in Pharmacology and Toxicology: Designed Ankyrin Repeat Proteins (DARPins): Binding Proteins for Research, Diagnostics, and Therapy Andreas Plückthun reading

07/01/2015 · Leave a comment

QM/MM analysis shows correlation between promiscuity and flexibility

To kick off my 2015 resolution, here’s a paper that uses molecular modelling to correlate the observed promiscuity profile of o-Succinylbenzoate Synthase with the involvement of alternative amino acids within the same active site. Enzyme Promiscuity … Continue reading

06/01/2015 · Leave a comment

Resource allocation in Synthetic Biology [review]

What do you do to improve the efficiency of a system in which a key component P is used by multiple ‘effector’ mechanisms Si? At first, one might be tempted to … Continue reading

07/08/2014 · Leave a comment

Fitness landscape analysis illuminates drug treatments [review]

An interesting manuscript in bioRxiv describes the computational analysis of fitness peaks in characterised drug-resistant bacteria to iterate the importance of ‘mixed drugs’ treatments. The use of more than one antibiotic … Continue reading

31/07/2014 · 5 Comments


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