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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Sep. 25, 2015 — Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouses of our cells, because they generate chemical energy similar to that obtained from a battery. Whether it's a brain, muscle or plant cell, ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — You might expect that little happens in the Arctic Ocean during the cold and dark winter. But that just isn't so, according to researchers who have sampled the activities of many different ... read more

New Methodology Tracks Changes in DNA Methylation in Real Time at Single-Cell Resolution

Sep. 24, 2015 — A tool that allows scientists to monitor changes in DNA methylation over time in individual cells has been developed by a group of researchers. Certain diseases, including cancer, cause changes in ... read more

Physiologists Uncover a New Code at the Heart of Biology

Sep. 23, 2015 — Physiologists trying to understand the genetic code have found a previously unknown code that helps explain which protein should be created to form a particular type of ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Biological engineers have devised a new mix-and-match system to genetically engineer viruses that target specific bacteria. The approach could generate new weapons against bacteria for which there ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Duplicate copies of genes safeguard survival of the biotech yeast Pichia pastoris in environments where only methanol is present as feed. A recently elucidated metabolism is similar to that used by ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — A new underwater stimulation system has been designed to study electrical activity in certain aquatic animals. Though common in studies of land animals and insects, the form of electrical ... read more

Determining Ion Beam Effects to Greater Precision

Sep. 22, 2015 — A precise understanding of how ion beams affect biological tissue is of great importance for both radiotherapy applications and the assessment of radioprotection risks, e.g. to astronauts on long ... read more

Scientists Create Rice Variety With High Folate Stability

Sep. 22, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in stabilizing folates in biofortified rice in order to prevent their degradation upon long term storage. They used two strategies: by linking folates with folate binding ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Tourists spending a recuperative holiday on the Italian coast may be envious of the regenerative abilities of locally found flatworm M. lignano. Named for an Italian beach town, the tiny worm can ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Biological engineers have developed a modular system of proteins that can detect a particular DNA sequence in a cell and then trigger a specific response, such as cell ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Scientists have developed a method that improves the accuracy of DNA sequencing up to a thousand times. The method, which uses nanopores to read individual nucleotides, paves the way for better -- ... read more

Sep. 18, 2015 — Scientists have decoded the first lingulid brachiopod genome, from <em>Lingula anatina</em> collected at Amami Island, Japan. A new article presents the results of their analysis of over ... read more

Sep. 18, 2015 — The chameleon's exceptional tree-climbing ability is dependent on vital ball-and-socket joints in its wrists and ankles, according to new research. The study also finds that chameleons have ... read more

Naturally Occurring 'GM' Butterflies Produced by Gene Transfer of Wasp-Associated Viruses

Sep. 17, 2015 — Research teams have discovered that genes originating from parasitic wasps are present in the genomes of many butterflies. These genes were acquired through a wasp-associated virus that integrates ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — Every biology class learns about mitosis, which involves copying each of a cell's DNA-containing chromosomes, then separating them into two newly created cells. The act of chromosome separation ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — Sponges build their skeletons in a completely different way than other animals do, researchers have found. In fact, the building process looks a lot like the construction of human-made buildings, ... read more

Synthetic Biology Needs Robust Safety Mechanisms Before Real World Application

Sep. 16, 2015 — Targeted cancer treatments, toxicity sensors and living factories: synthetic biology has the potential to revolutionize science and medicine. But before the technology is ready for real-world ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Life begins with an egg and a sperm: that much is clear. But how do these 'germ cells' form, and how do they pass genetic traits from one generation to the next? Researchers have created a ... read more

Increased Memory With a Flash of Light

Sep. 14, 2015 — The burgeoning field of optogenetics has seen another breakthrough with the creation of a new plant-human hybrid protein molecule called OptoSTIM1, researchers ... read more

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