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Chem Professor Develops Early Cancer Detector

Posted: Feb 08, 2010

When the threat is cancer, the current three-day waiting period for test results can be a tense, long stretch of time.

But if Adam Woolley, a BYU professor specializing in analytical chemistry, has his way, those at risk for cancer will soon receive their test results in only thirty minutes. That means quick, convenient and reliable cancer detection while you wait. Woolley’s new early cancer detection technology is a big deal at a small ...

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Professor Develops Next-Gen Data Disc

Posted: Feb 08, 2010

Matthew Linford, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was recently involved in the development of a next-generation disc capable of storing data for up to 1,000 years.

Teaming with BYU information technologies professor Barry Lunt, Linford lent his expertise in surface properties of materials to the project and helped develop an optical data disc with a much longer lifespan than previously thought possible.

Lunt, the project’s progenitor, realized during ...

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A Study by Dr. Barry Willardson and Co-Workers Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Posted: Dec 14, 2009

A study by Dr. Barry Willardson and graduate student Nathan Itoga was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal for their work with G proteins. PNAS is regarded as one of the top scientific journals in the world. The study describes the flexibility of G proteins when combined with certain binding partners. The findings will aid the development of drugs to counter diseases that disrupt G-protein signaling. Dr. Willardson was invited to ...

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Fundamental Reaction Mechanisms

Posted: Mar 10, 2009

The development of short-pulsed lasers has allowed for direct probing of chemical reactions in real time. Typically, one laser pulse is used to initiate a chemical reaction, and a second pulse is used to probe the intermediates or products some time later. Chemical reactions in condensed phases are especially well suited to these techniques, since the steps in the reactions occur very fast, usually on a time scale shorter than a nanosecond. My research focuses ...

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BYU Researchers Develop Method for Efficient Creation of Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

Posted: Oct 13, 2005

A group of Brigham Young University chemists has developed a cheaper, more efficient way of producing a synthetic molecule that is widely used in modern prescription drugs.

The team was led by BYU chemistry professor Merritt Andrus, who worked with graduate student Erik Hicken and undergraduate students Jeff Stevens and Karl Bedke.

Their discovery could have broad implications in the discovery, production, and possibly the cost of many forthcoming drugs.

Many next-generation prescription drugs, currently ...

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