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In human cells and mice, a cure for the common cold

2 days ago

Temporarily disabling a single protein inside our cells might be able to protect us from the common cold and…
New technique isolates placental cells for non-invasive genetic testing

3 days ago

Brown University researchers have developed a simple method for isolating placental cells from cervical swabs. The technique, described in…
How cells translate genetic information

3 days ago

Researchers have identified another part of the machinery that cells use to efficiently and precisely turn DNA into…
New study answers longstanding cell-development riddle

September 10, 2019

During the lifetime of a body – whether human, fish or any other type of vertebrate – cells…
Synthetic Biologists Extend Functional Life of Cancer-Fighting Circuitry in Microbes

September 9, 2019

Bioengineers and biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method to significantly extend the…
UGA-led portal holds key to unlocking glycoscience

September 9, 2019

Glycans, or complex sugars, cover the surfaces of our cells and play a key role in biological processes ranging…
Cracking “virus code” could help fight cancer

September 5, 2019

Ad26 is a virus of great interest to the scientific and medical community. Ad26 is both a human…
Why transporters really matter for cell factories

September 4, 2019

Scientists discover the secret behind some protein transporters’ superiority. One transporter, MAE1, can export organic acids out of…
Enzyme Known for Promoting Cancer Also Protects Healthy Cells

September 4, 2019

New research from the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health reveals a new role for…
Tiny thermometer measures how mitochondria heat up the cell by unleashing proton energy

September 2, 2019

Armed with a tiny new thermometer probe that can quickly measure temperature inside of a cell, University of…
Moving faster in a crowd: Examining cell particle movement

September 2, 2019

Cell particles move more quickly through a crowded cellular environment when the crowding molecules are non-uniformly distributed. New…
Cell-free DNA detects pathogens and quantifies damage

September 2, 2019

A common problem in diagnosing infectious disease is that the presence of a potential pathogen in the body…
Runaway Mitochondria Cause Telomere Damage in Cells

August 29, 2019

Researchers at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center provide the first concrete evidence for the long-held belief that sick mitochondria pollute the…
Researchers find elusive protein that could be key to eliminating neglected tropical diseases

August 28, 2019

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found an important protein in the cells of a deadly infectious…
Nano-thermometer takes temperature inside cells

August 27, 2019

How do you know a cell has a fever? Take its temperature. That’s now possible thanks to research…
Research shows human cells assembling into fractal-like clusters

August 26, 2019

Tree-like branching structures are everywhere in the human body, from the bronchial system in the lungs to the…
Cell suicide could hold key for brain health and food security

August 26, 2019

Research into the self-destruction of cells in humans and plants could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative brain diseases…
Scientists probe how distinct liquid organelles in cells are created

August 23, 2019

The interior of a human cell consists, in part, of a complex soup of millions of molecules. One…
Researchers Convert Pro-Tumor Macrophages into Cancer Killers

August 22, 2019

Epithelial cancers, such as cancers of the lung and pancreas, use the ανβ3 molecule to gain drug resistance…
To divide or not to divide?

August 22, 2019

Cells in the body proliferate at different rates. Some divide constantly and throughout life, like the ones that…
Researchers show evidence of cellular clocks in cells

August 21, 2019

One of nature’s most familiar phenomena is collective behavior—fish swimming in schools, locusts marching together, birds flocking. The same…
New stem cell combination could help to repair damaged hearts

August 16, 2019

A combination of heart cells derived from human stem cells could be the answer to developing a desperately-needed…
How brain cells pick which connections to keep

August 16, 2019

Brain cells, or neurons, constantly tinker with their circuit connections, a crucial feature that allows the brain to…
A new way to block unwanted genetic transfer

August 16, 2019

We receive half of our genes from each biological parent, so there’s no avoiding inheriting a blend of…
‘Trojan horse’ anticancer drug disguises itself as fat

August 16, 2019

A stealthy new drug-delivery system disguises chemotherapeutics as fat in order to outsmart, penetrate and destroy tumors. Thinking…
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Sticky proteins help plants know when — and where — to grow

August 16, 2019

Depending on the temperature, a plant may synthesize the hormone auxin. Depending on the pathogens present, a plant…
Findings shed new light on why Zika causes birth defects in some pregnancies

August 16, 2019

One thing is clear when it comes to Zika: Pregnant women must do everything they can to avoid…
Mechanism of electrical signaling in cells revealed

August 16, 2019

Researchers have now obtained the long-sought after, resting-state structure of a voltage-gated sodium channel.  These types of channels…
Using recent gene flow to define microbe populations

August 15, 2019

Identifying species among plants and animals has been a full-time occupation for some biologists, but the task is…
Study furthers radically new view of gene control

August 15, 2019

In recent years, MIT scientists have developed a new model for how key genes are controlled that suggests…
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