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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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Orchestrating Development in the Fly Embryo

August 2, 2019

Most multicellular organisms on Earth—including you—begin as a single fertilized egg and then undergo a complex choreography of…
Chromosome structure inspires intricate works of art

August 2, 2019

A collaboration between a Virginia Tech entomology professor, art professor, and computer science professor working in biophysics has…
Cryptic Genetic Variation might Explain Hitherto Obscure Leaps in Biological Evolution

July 26, 2019

As is well known today, biological evolution proceeds via the accumulation of genetic variants – the more variation…
Designed switch allows unprecedented control over cells

July 25, 2019

Scientists have created the first completely artificial protein switch that can work inside living cells to modify—or even…
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Penn Engineers’ ‘LADL’ Uses Light to Serve Up On-demand Genome Folding

July 22, 2019

Every cell in your body has a copy of your genome, tightly coiled and packed into its nucleus.…
Maternal Obesity Linked to Childhood Cancer

July 11, 2019

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center found that children born…
Scientists find thirdhand smoke affects cells in humans

July 4, 2019

Thirdhand smoke can damage epithelial cells in the respiratory system by stressing cells and causing them to fight…
Researchers unlock mysteries of complex microRNA oncogenes

July 2, 2019

MicroRNAs are tiny molecules of nucleic acid that control gene expression, acting like a dimmer switch to tone…
Biologist’s discovery may advance regenerative medicine

June 7, 2019

A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia and other institutions has discovered a type of…
UC receives patent for use of CRISPR-Cas9 to tune gene expression

May 29, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today issued a patent to the University of California (UC), the University…
Scientists use molecular tethers and chemical ‘light sabers’ to construct platforms for tissue engineering

May 22, 2019

Tissue engineering could transform medicine. Instead of waiting for our bodies to regrow or repair damage after an…
Major shift: A 3D “mini-gut” advances understanding of celiac disease

May 13, 2019

In pursuit of a novel tool for the research and treatment of celiac disease, Harvard Medical School scientists…
The Mystery Behind Cleft Palate and Lips: Study Shines a Light on Genetic Factors

May 8, 2019

Cleft lip and palate (CL/P) is the second most common birth defect in the world, affecting 1 in…
Changing the norms: cell-free protein expression in Vibrio natriegens

April 29, 2019

Heterologous protein expression is a routine process in many labs, be it for basic research or for industrial applications. Historically,…
NASA’s Landmark Twins Study Reveals Resilience of Human Body in Space

April 12, 2019

Results from NASA’s landmark Twins Study, which took place from 2015-2016, were published Thursday in Science. The integrated paper —…
Insulin Insights

April 10, 2019

The discovery of insulin in the 1920s marked the breakthrough in the almost 3,500-year-long mystery of diabetes, a…
Set of genes predicts severity of dengue

February 6, 2019

There’s no such thing as a “good” case of dengue fever, but some are worse than others, and…
Blend of warmer water, chemical exposure influence gene expression across generations in a coastal fish

February 4, 2019

Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals already known to be harmful to aquatic life, influence…
Energizing the Immune System to Eat Cancer

January 24, 2019

Immune cells called macrophages are supposed to serve and protect, but cancer has found ways to put them…
Plants can smell, now researchers know how

January 24, 2019

Plants don’t need noses to smell. The ability is in their genes. Researchers have discovered the first steps…
Gene expression study sheds new light on African Salmonella

January 18, 2019

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have taken another step forward in understanding the bacteria that are causing…
When the body’s in overdrive, this liver hormone puts the brakes on metabolism

January 17, 2019

Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have identified a hormone produced by the liver that…
Innovation Brings New RNA Insights

January 15, 2019

MicroRNAs, the tiny bits of genetic material that regulate gene expression, play a significant – but poorly understood…
New insight into gene expression in all living things

January 10, 2019

A study published today in eLife, led by University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Biochemistry and Bacteriology Robert Landick and his research team,…
Stanford researchers develop simple yet powerful model to predict DNA organization

December 4, 2018

Scientists often try to understand important processes in the cell by interfering and observing what happens. But often…
New method for studying gene expression could improve understanding of brain disease

November 23, 2018

It takes a lot of cells to make a human brain. The organ houses not only an enormous…
Attacking RNA with small-molecule drugs

October 17, 2018

Yale researchers have developed a way to target RNA with small-molecule drugs, creating a new method for tapping…
DNA accessibility, gene expression jointly profiled in 1,000s of cells

September 4, 2018

Scientists have now developed an assay that concurrently profiles both the epigenome and the transcriptome of each of…
Lipid droplets play crucial roles beyond fat storage

August 23, 2018

Lipid droplets: they were long thought of merely as the formless blobs of fat out of which spare…
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