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Natural chemical could help fight tooth decay

Natural chemical could help fight tooth decay

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A compound related to chemicals found in liquorice root could revolutionise the oral care market as it can stop bacteria harming teeth and help fight the resulting tooth decay, according to a new study.

Resveratrol inhibits acne bacteria growth

Grape antioxidant shown to treat acne effectively

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

Research from across the pond has shown how resveratrol works to inhibit growth of the bacteria that causes acne and can also be combined with benzoyl peroxide, a common acne medicine, to enhance the drug's ability to kill the bacteria.

Antarctic cyanobacteria. (Credit: Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Tricking biological clock could boost microalgae production

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

A group of scientists have discovered a way to trick algae's biological clock to remain in its daytime setting, which dramatically boosts the amount of valuable compounds that the marine plants can produce when they are grown in constant light.

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