Styrofoam and Polystyrene

It’s not an excuse to use more plastic cups at the office water cooler, but Irish and German researchers have discovered that the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida can eat polystyrene. This polymer, instantly recognisable in its expanded form is a key component of disposable cups, and in “plastic” plates and utensils. Turning it into an […]

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Stroke Immunity

Proteins involved in the inflammatory response could be used to help in brain regeneration following cerebral stroke, according to Swedish researchers writing in the EMBO Journal today. Complement proteins participate in the inflammatory response and scientists have suggested that under abnormal circumstances, following stroke for instance, their role in inflammation could contribute to tissue damage […]