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Hidden signals may hold key to mechanism of memory

September 5, 2019

What are our brains up to when we sleep? Rice University electrical and computer engineer Caleb Kemere will seek answers…
Red Light, Green Light: Protein Signaling Illuminated

May 9, 2019

Technology reveals previously undetectable protein signaling activity in diabetes, cancer. Proteins are the workhorses of the cell. Their…
Embryos’ signals take multiple paths

March 12, 2019

Rice University scientists have found significant differences between the methods signaling pathways use to prompt cells to differentiate…
Cells use sugars to communicate at the molecular level

March 5, 2019

The human body is made up of 30 to 40 million cells, a large and complex network of…
Embryos’ signaling proteins go with the flow

March 4, 2019

Rice University scientists say context rules dynamic mechanisms that turn cells into tissues. How cells in developing embryos…
Scientists catch heartbeat ‘molecular switch’ in action

February 15, 2019

Oxford University Radcliffe Department of Medicine researchers have developed a new method that uses a protein originally found…
Rice synthetic biologist Joff Silberg, left, graduate student Josh Atkinson and their colleagues have developed protein switches that can be used to control the flow of electrons within cells. The synthetic proteins are one of the few remaining components needed to mimic entire electronic devices within cells. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Switch-in-a-cell electrifies life

December 19, 2018

Scientists at Rice University have developed synthetic protein switches to control the flow of electrons. The proof-of-concept, metal-containing…
New possible target for treating major common diseases

December 5, 2018

There is a large, untapped potential for developing drugs against cancer, fibrosis and cardiovascular diseases by targeting a…
How Communication Among Cells Affects Development of Multicellular Tissue

October 18, 2018

Using a combination of computational modeling and experimental techniques, a research team has developed new information about how…
Plants capable of rapid, long-distance defensive signaling to warn leaves of danger

October 5, 2018

Plants have a built-in wound sensor and rapid communication system that allows them to defend themselves when attacked…
Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger long distances

September 17, 2018

In one video, you can see a hungry caterpillar, first working around a leaf’s edges, approaching the base…
Research into cell-to-cell signalling mechanism may lead to new cancer treatments

July 31, 2018

Pioneering new research into the way in which cells communicate with each other could hold the key to…
Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

July 26, 2018

It’s the way we end up with a fresh cup of coffee from a clump of beans. It’s…
Cells Communicate in a Dynamic Code

February 20, 2018

The work, conducted in the laboratory of Michael Elowitz, professor of biology and bioengineering, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator,…
From fungi to humans, ‘smart valves’ assist communication within, between cells

February 2, 2018

A basic structure that allows cells and subcellular units to converse in chemical language turns out to have…
New Graphene-Based System Could Help Us ‘See’ Electrical Signaling in Heart and Nerve Cells

December 19, 2016

Scientists have enlisted the exotic properties of graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, to function like the film…
Analog computing returns

June 21, 2016

A transistor, conceived of in digital terms, has two states: on and off, which can represent the 1s…
Plant signals travel different routes to turn on defense

April 28, 2016

Faced with a pathogen, important signaling chemicals within plant cells travel different routes to inform the plant to…
Scientists discovered a key to painless life

December 7, 2015

There are people who, because of certain genetic mutations, are unable to feel pain. Scientists have been trying…
Large-Scale Modeling Shows Confinement Effects on Cell Macromolecules

November 17, 2015

Using large-scale computer modeling, researchers have shown the effects of confinement on macromolecules inside cells – and taken…
Researchers design computational tool to prospect novel bioconversion pathways

November 11, 2015

Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State have developed a two-step workflow to optimize metabolic…
Researchers Identify New Route for Release of Steroid Hormones

November 6, 2015

Steroid hormones – hormones such as testosterone and estradiol – control various aspects of animal biology and are…
Researchers identify essential component of antiviral defense

November 6, 2015

Infectious disease researchers at the University of Georgia have identified a signaling protein critical for host defense against…
Engineers design magnetic cell sensors

November 2, 2015

MIT engineers have designed magnetic protein nanoparticles that can be used to track cells or to monitor interactions…
Manipulating cell signaling for better muscle function in muscular dystrophy

October 26, 2015

Every heart beat and step in our daily lives is dependent on the integrity of muscles and the…
A social network of human proteins

October 23, 2015

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich and at the MPI of Molecular…
Bees to scientists: “We’re more complicated than you think”

October 22, 2015

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according…
Network control: Letting noise lead the way

September 24, 2015

These building blocks of life are constantly changing. They can spontaneously express different proteins and genes, change shape…
Scientists uncovered how proteins interact to turn two signals into an integrated output

August 28, 2015

Scientists in the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have discovered how some proteins interact to turn…
How parasitic plants know when to attack

July 31, 2015

An international team of researchers, including scientists at The University of Western Australia, have discovered how parasitic plants,…
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