THE LATEST IN RESEARCH NEWS · KAUST DISCOVERY                                   

23 September, 2022

Coral genome reveals cysteine surprise

The generation of a high-quality genome from a coral specimen reveals an alternative pathway for cysteine biosynthesis in animals and cautions against overreliance on model organisms.

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20 September, 2022

Membranes help multiply microbial CO2 munching

Multifunctional porous conductive membranes help microbes eat their way to a faster carbon dioxide conversion.

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18 September, 2022

Red Sea may have a nursery for oceanic manta rays

A citizen science project uncovers new details about the lives of oceanic manta rays in the Red Sea, including a possible nursery site.

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08 September, 2022

Reusing Saudi Arabia’s Precious Water Resources

Associate Professor Peiying Hong has developed a new innovative wastewater treatment method that uses less energy and renders water safe to use for agriculture. The technology is currently being piloted with industry partner MODON (Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones) in Jeddah.

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08 September, 2022

Divers spot manta rays for science

Intriguing insights into the region’s oceanic manta rays are revealed thanks to a collaborative citizen science project conducted over lockdown.

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31 August, 2022

Harnessing the power of saffron color for food and future therapeutics

A highly efficient enzyme combined with a multigene engineering approach offers potential for sustainable production of water-soluble pigments in plant tissues.

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25 August, 2022

Concrete solutions for sea turtle survival

An environmental foundation and a cement factory are supporting ongoing efforts and research to help safeguard the future of Red Sea turtles.

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24 August, 2022

"Sticky" stem cells make for better transplants

Enhancement of adhesion molecules improves the ability of blood-forming stem cells to take root in transplant recipients.

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16 August, 2022

Cell mapping close to the bone

Deep molecular analysis of the bone marrow microenvironment reveals that the cells regulating blood stem cell maintenance are more diverse than expected and have features likely to be conserved between species.

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11 August, 2022

Burrowing crabs bring beneficial bacteria to mangroves

Fiddler crabs and other burrowing creatures could support the future of nutrient-deficient soils of dried-up mangroves.

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09 August, 2022

Customized fiber generates Bessel beams

Fabricating intricate optical structures onto the tip of an optical fiber creates a new source of special light beams.

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31 July, 2022

Safe steps for using probiotics to revive biodiversity

Time is running out, say researchers who are proposing a framework to guide the safe use of microbes to restore global biodiversity loss.

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25 July, 2022

Milking molecules from microbes

Selective membranes allow harvesting and concentration of valuable molecules from cultured microbes.

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03 July, 2022

Stem cells reveal underpinnings of rare immune disease

Abnormal protein tied to Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome found to control gene splicing.

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29 June, 2022

Turning up the heat to unlock Cas13's potential

A newly identified heat-stable Cas13 enzyme could lead to improved diagnostics and new biotechnological applications.

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28 June, 2022

Bone formation comes down to the nanowire

Nanotechnology that accelerates the transition of stem cells into bone could advance regenerative medicine.

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14 June, 2022

Checking coral reef health one tile at a time

A standardized method for monitoring the condition of coral reefs could strengthen global efforts to manage vulnerable marine habitats.

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12 June, 2022

AI system facilitates plant imaging from the start

An AI-powered imaging system called MutipleXLab provides rapid automated phenotyping of seed germination and root growth that will help select plants that grow well.

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09 May, 2022

Genetic options ensure rust resistance is toast

Researchers have identified stem rust resistance in the wild cereal plant Aegilops sharonensis and successfully transferred the resistance gene into bread wheat.

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24 April, 2022

Wax coating helps waning water resources

A sand-based mulch could help reduce irrigation on desert farms.

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