• Purification of Water by Aloe
    Author:
    Parima Sharma and Devon Grilly
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    19 August 2016 3:36 PM |

    The authors test the ability of aloe vera gel to purify water of four separate contaminants. Aloe reduced the levels of copper, iron, and phosphate, but not nitrate. Potential applications of this purification system are discussed.

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  • Peptidomimetics Targeting the Polo-box Domain of Polo-like Kinase 1
    Author:
    Jihoon Jang(1), Terrence R. Burke Jr.(2), and David Hymel(2)
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    19 August 2016 12:24 PM |

    Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a master regulator of mitosis, initiating key steps of cell cycle regulation, and its overexpression is associated with certain types of cancer. In this study, the authors carefully designed peptides that were able to bind to Plk1 at a location that is important for its proper localization and function. Future studies could further develop these peptides to selectively target Plk1 in cancer cells and induce mitotic arrest.

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  • Variation in Caffeine Concentration among Different Weight Loss Supplements Containing Green Tea and Green Coffee Extracts
    Author:
    Lucy Zhang(1) and Jan Rydzewski(2)
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    17 August 2016 2:01 PM |

    Many weight loss supplements contain the stimulant caffeine, but do not disclose the amount. Here, authors measure and compare the amount of caffeine in different dietary supplements. This research gives consumers better understanding of the impact natural supplements may have on their health.

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  • The Effect of Antioxidant Vitamins on Mustard Plants in a Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Injury Model
    Author:
    Pallavi Muluk and Kimberly Mechling
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    02 August 2016 10:12 AM |

    In this study, the authors assess the antioxidant properties of vitamins A, C and E given to mustard plants after oxidative damage. This research shows an interesting comparison of the vitamins' effect on plant recovery and health.

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