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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists have for the first time reengineered a building block of a geometric nanocompartment that occurs naturally in bacteria to give it a new ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research identifies two new enzymes in bacteria that help fight off infection at a later stage, after an invading virus has already begun to replicate. The enzymes are part of the CRISPR-Cas ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists have made an exciting discovery that could provide a new way to prevent bacterial infections in both humans and plants without triggering multi-drug resistance in ... read more

Biomolecule's Behavior Under Artificial Conditions More Natural Than Expected

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers often analyze isolated biomolecules in test tubes, and it is doubtful if the results can be applied to densely-packed cells. A team of researchers monitored the folding of an RNA ... read more

Cell Culture Experiments Reveal Potent Antiviral Activity of Cistus Incanus Extracts Against HIV and Ebola

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells. Active antiviral ingredients in the extracts inhibit ... read more

Can Animals Thrive Without Oxygen?

Feb. 1, 2016 — In 2010, a research team garnered attention when it published evidence of finding the first animals living in permanently anoxic conditions at the bottom of the sea. But a new study raises ... read more

Piecing Together the Cells Elevator-Like Mechanism for Sodium

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers have pieced together how sodium is transported into and out of our cells. This could be a potential benefit for the development of novel treatments against some forms of cancer and ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Damaged cells can commit suicide by a process of apoptosis, or programmed cell death. If this mechanism fails to work properly, the cell can become cancerous. Scientists are helping to explain ... read more

The Harbingers of Aging

Jan. 29, 2016 — Researchers have detected age-dependent alterations in metabolism and gene regulation in middle-aged fruitflies, and show that these effects are linked to a reduction in lifespan, suggests a new ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Stem cells have been put into plasters and bandages to help heal wounds for the first time, thanks to a newly developed technique. The method of encasing stem cells in an alginate gel made from ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Global warming is increasing with each day that passes and the poles begin to thaw. New research shows that fungi in Alaska begin to adapt to high temperatures, speeding up their metabolism, growing ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, many of them children. These are non-trivial concerns, as food allergy or intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new study provides a detailed look at how the microbes in the mouth ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — One of the big questions for which there is still no clear answer in biology is how, based on the four universal letters that make up DNA, it is possible to generate such different organisms as a fly ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — The bacteria living in our bodies are important for our health. The makeup of each person's microbiome plays a role in both the tendency to become obese and in each individual's reaction to ... read more

Insect Growth Regulator Wears a Second Hat: Infection Fighter

Jan. 28, 2016 — During an animal's embryonic development, a chemical chain reaction known as Hippo directs organs to grow to just the right size and no larger. Now researchers working with laboratory flies ... read more

Epigenetics: The Importance of Mixed Motifs

Jan. 28, 2016 — Local modifications in histone proteins alter DNA packing density in the cell nucleus to regulate gene activity. They also form the basis of a code in which the significance of a given pattern or ... read more

Sensing the Future of Molecule Detection, Bioproduction

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new method has been developed for engineering a broad range of biosensors to detect and signal virtually any desired molecule using living eukaryotic cells. Plant, yeast, even mammalian cells could ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have gathered tiny fungi that take shelter in Antarctic rocks and sent them to the International Space Station. After 18 months on board in conditions similar to those on Mars, more than ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — The first females of a scarcely known chameleon species from Northeast Madagascar have been described. Because of lack of genetic data, X-ray micro-computed tomography scans of the chameleon's ... read more

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