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Research on cell division provides new clues to how a common cancer treatment works


When chemotherapy was first invented, its premise seemed relatively simple: to curb the growth of tumors by stopping…
New method reveals how differences in the genetic “instruction booklet” between humans and Neanderthals influenced traits

6 days ago

When it comes to our differences from Neanderthals, most of what we know comes from comparing fossils. But…
Delivery system can make RNA vaccines more powerful

October 5, 2019

Vaccines made from RNA hold great potential as a way to treat cancer or prevent a variety of…
New CRISPR-Cas9 variant may boost precision in gene editing

October 2, 2019

Researchers have developed a new variant of the gene editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 that has the potential to increase…
Spider silk is created by adding spider DNA to microbes

September 30, 2019

Researchers studying spiders have produced a synthetic biomaterial that can, in future, be used to make a multitude…
Extra amino acid could work wonders

September 30, 2019

There are 20 amino acids in the standard genetic code. A Rice University professor wants to know what one can…
Researchers developing new ‘DNA stitch’ to treat muscular dystrophy

September 26, 2019

A new therapeutic being tested by University of Alberta researchers is showing early promise as a more effective…
USC researchers discover how to reprogram cells, potentially unlocking new treatments

September 26, 2019

USC scientists have surmounted a big roadblock in regenerative medicine that has so far constrained the ability to…
Researchers Isolate Switch that Kills Inactive HIV

September 25, 2019

Using genetic sequencing, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have identified a principal cellular player…
Scientists decode DNA of coral and all its microscopic supporters

September 24, 2019

Scientists have seen for the first time how corals collaborate with other microscopic life to build and grow.…
A Child’s Shattered Chromosomes Illustrate the Value of Supportive Therapies

September 23, 2019

To a trained eye, the chromosome chart (karyotype) above has 4 irregularities, circled in red. They’re chromosome pairs…
Fish DNA in lake sediment can help determine native species, study shows

September 19, 2019

A new technique developed by University of Alberta biologists can determine whether certain fish populations are native to…
Quantitative method to study epigenetic landscape of cells

September 18, 2019

A new method, developed by Banushree Kumar and Simon Elsässer at Karolinska Institutet, produces quantitative maps for modifications…
How cells translate genetic information

September 16, 2019

Researchers have identified another part of the machinery that cells use to efficiently and precisely turn DNA into…
Inspired by natural signals in living cells, researchers design artificial gas detector

September 16, 2019

A cube one-fortieth the size of a human red blood cell can glow when it detects flammable gas.…
Ancient Migrations

September 13, 2019

Analysis of ancient DNA is revolutionizing our understanding of the deep past. Now new work is illuminating the…
Ancient pathway uncovers calcium’s role in egg development

September 10, 2019

A new study of fruit flies (Drosophila) uncovers an ancient and fundamental mechanism that provides details into a…
Undercover Evolution

September 6, 2019

Providing a glimpse of the hidden workings of evolution, a group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara have…
Treasure Trove of Ancient Human DNA

September 6, 2019

The largest-ever study of ancient human DNA, along with the first genome of an individual from the ancient…
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…
‘Gay gene’ search reveals not one but many – and no way to predict sexuality

September 2, 2019

It has long been clear that a person’s sexual preference – whether they prefer male or female sexual…
Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions

August 26, 2019

The CRISPR genome-editing system is best-known for its potential to correct disease-causing mutations and add new genes into…
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…
High-precision technique stores cellular “memory” in DNA

August 22, 2019

Using a technique that can precisely edit DNA bases, MIT researchers have created a way to store complex…
Moderate to Heavy Drinking During Pregnancy Alters Genes in Newborns, Mothers

August 21, 2019

Mothers who drink moderate to high levels of alcohol during pregnancy may be changing their babies’ DNA, according…
The submersible vehicle MARUM-QUEST samples for sediment at oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Image credit: Marum
Some microbe degrade oil to gas

August 20, 2019

The tiny organisms cling to oil droplets and perform a great feat: As a single organism, they may…
Not Just Genes: Environment Also Shaped Population Variation in First Americans

August 20, 2019

The first Americans – humans who crossed onto the North American continent and then dispersed throughout Central and…
From the tiny testes of flies, new insight into how genes arise

August 19, 2019

In the battle of the sexes, males appear to have the innovative edge—from a genetic standpoint, at least.…
How can NGS software help cut down the time required for analysis of DNA sequencing data?

August 17, 2019

When the rest of the world was busy decoding genomic sequences one nucleotide at a time, the Human…
Biologists Pioneer First Method to Decode Gene Expression

August 16, 2019

Given the recent remarkable advancements in genetics, it’s easy to assume that 21st century scientists have at their disposal…
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