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Neutrons—Insight into human tissue

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Researchers used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor to…
Researchers Advancing Understanding of Vital Enzyme

October 2, 2019

Nitrogenases, the enzymes responsible for converting atmospheric nitrogen into the nitrogen-based compounds used by living things, have been…
Time-resolved serial synchrotron crystallography captures all key states of catalysis while revealing allosteric transmission pathway between the two subunits of the enzyme. Credit: MPG
‘Breathing’ enzymes in fast motion

September 24, 2019

Researchers from the Department of Atomically Resolved Dynamics of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics…
Researchers develop thermo-responsive protein hydrogel

September 24, 2019

Imagine a perfectly biocompatible, protein-based drug delivery system durable enough to survive in the body for more than…
Researchers find way to study proteins moving (relatively) slowly

September 20, 2019

Proteins are the workhorses of our bodies. They keep our organs functioning. They regulate our cells. They are…
New piece of Alzheimer’s puzzle found

September 18, 2019

Two years after discovering a way to neutralize a rogue protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, University of Alberta Distinguished…
In human cells and mice, a cure for the common cold

September 17, 2019

Temporarily disabling a single protein inside our cells might be able to protect us from the common cold and…
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…
This protein is how creatures sense cold—and it’s found in organisms ranging from tiny worms to humans

August 30, 2019

Researchers have identified a receptor protein that can detect when winter is coming. The findings, published in the…
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…
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…
Lord of the flies: competition breeds a better ejaculate

August 20, 2019

When more rivals are around, they create and add extra protein to their seminal fluid making it extra…
CSIRO protein analytics expert, Professor Michelle Colgrave. Image credit: CSIRO
Catcher of the rye: Science can now detect any gluten in any food

August 16, 2019

Scientists from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, can now detect gluten in any food and show which grain…
Soy plants. Image credit: jcesar2015 via Pixabay (free Pixabay licence)
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…
Single protein plays important dual shipping role in the brain

August 16, 2019

Just as a packaging breakdown can hamstring delivery of cables, switches and connectors to a house under construction,…
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…
First cells on ancient Earth may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes

August 13, 2019

Life on Earth arose about 4 billion years ago when the first cells formed within a primordial soup…
The cover art (acrylic on canvas) by Armando Pacheco, featured in the latest edition of the Journal of Virology, which published a study by Hector Aguilar-Carreno on how two lethal viruses (Nipah and Hendra) are more potent when their proteins are combined. The fruit bat is the natural host for the viruses. Credit: Armando Pacheco, Cornell Institute of Biotechnology
Deadly protein duo reveals new drug targets for viral diseases

August 12, 2019

It sounds like a plot point from a sci-fi movie: Two different and dangerous monsters merge into a…
The empty octopus in the cell

August 2, 2019

A fundamental research study on microRNAs, tiny molecules that help control gene activity inside plants and animals, has…
In sexual conflict, ant queens prevail in evolutionary arms race

July 30, 2019

It’s hidden from sight, but there’s an epic battle of the sexes raging in the leafcutter ant species…
Biologists and mathematicians team up to explore tissue folding

July 26, 2019

As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end…
Like Film Editors and Archaeologists, Biochemists Piece Together Genome History

July 26, 2019

Old-school Hollywood editors cut out unwanted frames of film and patched in desired frames to make a movie.…
Alzheimer’s protein is likely held together with many weak chemical interactions

July 25, 2019

The chemical interactions that give proteins their shape may be weaker and more numerous than previously recognized. These…
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…
Researchers Map Protein-Gene Interactions Involved in Alzheimer’s Disease

July 24, 2019

Among the confounding challenges of diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the fact that patients with asymptomatic…
Partial rendering of protein folding. Image credit: Tnguyen2791 via Wikimedia, CC0 Public Domain
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.…
‘Semi-synthetic’ bacteria churn out unnatural proteins

July 18, 2019

Synthetic biologists seek to create new life with forms and functions not seen in nature. Although scientists are…
Patterns in DNA reveal hundreds of unknown protein pairings

July 12, 2019

Sequencing a genome is getting cheaper, but making sense of the resulting data remains hard. Researchers have now found…
Hinge-like protein may open new doors in cystic fibrosis treatment

July 10, 2019

In recent decades, treatment options for people with cystic fibrosis have improved dramatically. The newest drugs, known as…
Freeze frame: researches solve how cells unfold proteins

July 8, 2019

A happy cell is a balanced cell, but for every stupendously twisted protein it creates, it must tear…
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