Research carried out by Dr Susan Quinn has been published in the prestigious journal Nature Chemistry. The paper reports the first study of the initial steps in the oxidation of DNA in crystals – a process which can lead to DNA damage and mutations. The process may also be the explanation for the destruction of tumour cells using certain metal compounds and light.
Could an engineered carbohydrate-binding protein from bananas prevent virus infections? New results show potential
An international team of scientists were from Ireland, Germany, Canada, Belgium and the United States have found that the substance BanLec, originally found in bananas, through careful modification could potentially be used as an anti-viral agent. The results from the study were recently published in the international journal Cell.