Posted: Nov 5, 2018

A Novel Method for CryoPreservation of Cells in Monolayers

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel method to cryopreserve cells while adhered in a monolayer configuration. This method can preserve cells on a substrate and......


Posted: Oct 30, 2018

Train-Triggered Alert System for Conditioning and Warning Wildlife

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel, inexpensive, and compact system to alert wildlife to approaching trains, increasing the time available to avoid a collision. Rail-caused......


Posted: Aug 30, 2017

Plant DGAT-1 Variants with Enhanced Oil Formation

Description As demand for vegetable oils for both food and industrial use continues to increase, new strategies are required to increase seed oil content and optimize fatty acid composition. In......


Posted: Aug 22, 2017

Nanocrystalline Cellulose Hydrogel for Prevention of Bacterial Adhesion

Description University of Alberta researchers have developed a hydrogel formulation by using a nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) polymer that has potential to prevent biofilm formation via physical resistance mechanism.  Given that......


Posted: Jul 19, 2017

Novel Method for Purification of Short Insoluble Elastin-Like Polypeptides

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel process to purify very hydrophobic elastin-like polypeptides (ELP). The method enables the expression and purification of ELPs that are......


Posted: Jan 18, 2017

BioEngineered Adipocytes for the Light-Controlled Release of Insulin

Description Dr. Peter Light at the University of Alberta has developed genetically engineered adipocytes that secrete significant amounts of bioactive insulin upon exposure to a particular wavelength of blue light.......


Posted: Jan 26, 2016

Method to Create High-Quality Bio-Based Resins and Composites Using Renewable Oils

Description Resins and composites are used in various industries including plastics, paints and varnishes, rust and wood protection, and floor tiling. Toxic, petroleum-based resins and composites have been used in......


Posted: Nov 26, 2015

Photocleavable Affinity Tags for Ultra Pure Protein Purification

Description Affinity tags are highly efficient tools for purifying proteins from crude extracts. However, most affinity purification elusion schemes require a change in buffer condition, such as addition of imidazole......


Posted: Nov 26, 2015

Pea (Pisum Sativum L.) Seed Coat and Seed Coat Fractions Novel Health-Beneficial Ingredients for Animal and Human Diets

Description Pulse grains, including dried peas, are rich sources of fibre with low glycemic indices and bioactive components such as the flavonoids proanthocyanidins (PACs or condensed tannins). Their unique nutritional......


Posted: Mar 15, 2015

Enrichment of Oils with Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Description Biologists have laboured for years to engineer various organisms for the genetic enrichment of oils with high levels of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, because of the significant......


Posted: Mar 20, 2014

Adhesives from Agricultural By-Products and Waste

Description As a result of increased concerns over safety, environment and sustainability, protein-based adhesives have re-gained industry interest as an alternative to petroleum-based adhesives. A greater need now exists for......


Posted: Jan 30, 2014

Development of Oils with High Punicic Acid Content

Description Pomegranate (Punica granatum) seed oil has been attracting increased interest since it was shown that its main component punicic acid may provide a novel alternative therapeutic strategy for the......