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This illustration shows the structure of a new synthetic DNA molecule, dubbed hachimoji DNA, which uses the four informational ingredients of regular DNA (green, red, blue, yellow) in addition to four new ones (cyan, pink, purple, orange). Credits: Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Creates DNA-like Molecule to Aid Search for Alien Life

February 22, 2019

In a research breakthrough funded by NASA, scientists have synthesized a molecular system that, like DNA, can store…
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Defeating Glioblastoma

February 6, 2019

MicroRNAs can weaken cancer cells in advance of standard therapy in preclinical models, study shows. In the quest…
Biosensor Chip Detects Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Wirelessly and With Higher Sensitivity

July 11, 2018

A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a chip that can detect a…
‘Silent Code’ of Nucleotides, Not Amino Acids, Determines Discrete Functions of Proteins Vital For Life

January 4, 2018

Humans possess six forms of the protein actin, which perform essential functions in the body. Two in particular,…
New tool boosts gene analysis

March 17, 2017

ACCACCGACCGUUGACUGUAC. An apparently random jumble of 21 letters might seem more like the byproduct of falling asleep at…
Slo-mo unwrapping of nucleosomal DNA probes protein’s role

January 12, 2017

Nucleosomes are tightly packed bunches of DNA and protein which, when linked together as chromatin, form each of…
Squeezing life from DNA’s double helix

December 13, 2016

For years, scientists have puzzled over what prompts the intertwined double-helix DNA to open its two strands and…
A tiny change with considerable consequences

December 9, 2016

What distinguishes humans from monkeys and apes? The gene ARHGAP11B is probably among the things that make humans…
‘Butterbutt’ warbler is likely three different species, DNA reveals

August 25, 2016

One of North America’s most beloved songbirds – the yellow-rumped warbler – may be at least three separate…
GAGA may be the secret of the sexes — at least in insects

July 18, 2016

Without a way to equalize the gene expression of the two sex chromosomes — males have XY and…
Missing Links Brewed in Primordial Puddles?

April 26, 2016

The crucibles that bore out early building blocks of life may have been, in many cases, modest puddles.…
Supply chain of cell survival

January 12, 2016

Cell survival depends on having a plentiful and balanced pool of the four chemical building blocks that make…
Upgraded nuclear physics facility starts up

November 17, 2015

Over the last few weeks, CERN’s nuclear physics facility, ISOLDE, has been producing ion beams at higher energies.…
Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus

September 30, 2015

A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola…
Chemists Devise a New, Versatile Way to Tag RNA

September 25, 2015

Chemists have devised a versatile way to attach handles and tags to RNA so that the tiny molecules…
How DNA ‘Proofreader’ Proteins Pick and Edit Their Reading Material

August 25, 2015

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered how…
New method to identify disease markers, a key step toward personalized medicine

March 4, 2015

UCLA life scientists have created an accurate new method to identify genetic markers for many diseases — a…
Sulfide and iron work together to reveal a new path for radionuclide sequestration

August 1, 2013

As an ongoing concern for the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (DOE-BER), bioremediation strategies…
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