Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) August 13, 2012
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ScienceIndex.com's Biotechnology Section covers the utilization of bacteria, yeasts and other biological substances for industrial and manufacturing processes. It currently contains 7,184 articles partly derived from 49 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through an Biotechnology Section RSS feed. One of the latest additions in this section focuses on the antibacterial properties of nanoparticles. The authors' review focuses on the properties and applications of inorganic nanostructured materials and their surface modifications, with good antimicrobial activity. Such improved antibacterial agents destroy bacteria without being toxic to the surrounding tissue. Another recently included article investigates separation technologies for stem cell bioprocessing. To fully accomplish the potential of stem cells in regenerative medicine, drug discovery, toxicology, developmental biology and human disease mechanisms, the successful application of separation processes for the isolation and purification of stem cells and stem cell-derived cells is a crucial issue. Focusing on these challenges, this review presents a critical assessment of separation processes in stem cells, as well as their current and potential applications.
ScienceIndex.com's Ecology section covers the relationships between organisms and their environments. It currently contains 15,843 articles partly derived from 114 scientific journals. The latest articles in this section are also available through an Ecology Section RSS feed. One recently included article in this section asks whether European marine conservation policy could benefit from systematic conservation planning. While the Natura 2000 network of protected areas aims to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, the present network appears to be failing to represent effectively the biodiversity of the region. The authors suggest that the use of systematic conservation planning and related computational tools could benefit the selection of European marine priority areas, especially in the context of ecosystem-based marine spatial management. Another post suggest that intertidal fish communities are poor indicators of environmental quality. While utilization of fish as indicators of environmental quality in estuarine systems has received much attention, some results have raised questions about this method. The authors attempted to identify a fish response to a horticultural practice which removes portions of mangrove forest canopy to create unobstructed vistas. The authors suggest improvements to future monitoring plans that may increase the efficacy of fish as indicators.
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