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Scientists Detect Sugars in Meteorites, Providing Clues to the Origin of Life

November 20, 2019

The hypothesis that meteorite bombardment of prehistoric Earth might have kick-started the development of biological life on the…
New research explains how HIV avoids getting ZAPped

November 12, 2019

Humans have evolved dynamic defense mechanisms against the viruses that seek to infect our bodies—proteins that specialize in…
Easier Way of Sneaking Antibodies into Cells

November 5, 2019

For almost any conceivable protein, corresponding antibodies can be developed to block it from binding or changing shape,…
Sequencing Plays Role in Treating High Risk Pediatric Brain Tumors

October 24, 2019

They’re among the most ruthless opponents for pediatric oncologists: brain tumors that can’t be surgically removed or that…
Fresh insights could lead to new treatments for liver disease

October 10, 2019

The fight against liver disease could be helped by the discovery of cells that cause liver scarring. Scientists…
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…
The Swiss Army Knife of Gene Editing Gets New Control

September 5, 2019

When researchers want to edit, activate, or silence a gene in any living organism, from bacteria to humans,…
Molecule discovered that regulates the development of cancer in a variety of human tumors

September 4, 2019

Sonia Guil, leader of the Regulatory and Chromatin RNA group of Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute, and Lourdes…
Innovative Investment Strategy Aids Search for New Cancer Drugs

August 22, 2019

Three early-stage cancer drug projects receive pilot grants to help them advance from the bench toward the bedside.…
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…
Exploring genetic “dark matter,” researchers gain new insights into autism and stroke

July 25, 2019

With its elegant double helix and voluminous genetic script, DNA has become the of darling of nucleic acids.…
Newly granted CRISPR patents boost UC’s U.S. portfolio to 10

July 24, 2019

The University of California has received two new patents for use of the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technology, increasing its…
New study challenges claim that exogenous RNA is essential for sperm function

July 3, 2019

Scientists from the University of Bath are challenging the claims of two high profile papers from 2018 which…
Study Shows How the Nervous System Can Transmit Information Across Multiple Generations

June 7, 2019

Nematodes, worms found in virtually all environmental habitats, are among the most studied model organisms. They reproduce quickly…
Catch a Virus by Its Tail

May 13, 2019

Study uncovers key mechanism that allows some of the world’s deadliest viruses to replicate. Viruses are masterful invaders.…
Gene Discovery Shows Effects of Impaired Protein Synthesis

May 7, 2019

Researchers identify genetic variants that lead to a severe developmental syndrome. The findings could mean better screening and…
Engineering ‘hairpins’ increases CRISPR accuracy

April 25, 2019

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a method for improving the accuracy of the CRISPR genome editing…
Extracellular RNA molecules associated with carriers that will transport them between cells. Image credit: Luc Laurent
Scientists explore new roles for RNA

April 10, 2019

The biomolecule ribonucleic acid (RNA) is pivotal to cell function. RNA plays various roles in determining how the…
An artist's conception of RNA instructions read from a DNA molecule. Image credit: Darryl Leja/NHGRI
Witnessing the dance of RNAs around droplets of cellular degradation machinery

April 8, 2019

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, a video is perhaps worth much more. For the first time,…
Study first to show processes determining fate of new RNA pesticides in soils

March 5, 2019

A new generation of pesticides can be used to control pest insects by compromising the bug’s ability to…
Controlling translational resource allocation

January 22, 2019

We often design and build genetic devices in isolation and then bring the plasmids encoding them together in…
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,…
New, dual-function vaccine design

December 19, 2018

University of Tokyo researchers developed a novel approach to boost the effectiveness of a new type of vaccine.…
We now know how RNA molecules are organized in cells

November 13, 2018

Working with colleagues in the U.S., a team of Université de Montreal researchers has for the first time…
New Platform Based on Biology and Nanotechnology Carries mRNA Directly to Target Cells

November 7, 2018

Delivering an effective therapeutic payload to specific target cells with few adverse effects is considered by many to…
Blood cells. Image credit: qimono | Free image via Pixabay
New finding could unmask blood doping in athletes

October 26, 2018

A Duke research team has found a way to help sporting officials detect whether an athlete’s blood has…
Smallest life forms have smallest working CRISPR system

October 23, 2018

An ancient group of microbes that contains some of the smallest life forms on Earth also has the…
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…
Liquid crystals and the origin of life

October 8, 2018

The display screens of modern televisions, cell phones and computer monitors rely on liquid crystals – materials that…
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