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October 10, 2015

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October 10, 2015

Oct. 8, 2015 — A mammalian photoreceptive protein melanopsin spontaneously releases the chromophore retinal, say researchers. The property would be important to regulate non-visual photoreception in ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Immunobiologists have discovered Kidins220/ARMS in B cells, and demonstrate its functions. B lymphocytes, also known as B cells, are the only cells to produce antibodies, which the immune system ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — British scientists have been funded to develop a gel that will match many of the biological structures of human breast tissue, to advance cancer research and reduce animal ... read more

Edible Love Gifts May Influence Female Behavior, Suggests Cricket Study

Oct. 6, 2015 — Edible gifts given by male crickets to their female partners during mating contain unique proteins which could affect the females' behavior according to research. The scientists believe that ... read more

Protein Reactions Identified With Subatomic Resolution

Oct. 6, 2015 — Using subatomic resolution, researchers have gained insights into the dynamic modus operandi of two switch proteins which are responsible for the import of compounds into the nucleus and for cell ... read more

Cell Growth: Protein Reactions Identified With Subatomic Resolution

Oct. 6, 2015 — Using subatomic resolution, researchers have gained insights into the dynamic modus operandi of two switch proteins which are responsible for the import of compounds into the nucleus and for cell ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The channel, Slo2.2, helps restore neurons' internal electrical state, and so prevents them from firing at too high a frequency for too long, which has the potential to damage the cells. With ... read more

Researchers Design 'Biological Flashlight' Using Light-Producing Ability of Shrimp

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers describe the design and engineering of the new bioluminescent imaging tool called the “LumiFluor” in a new report. Using the natural light-producing ability of deep-sea shrimp, the ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — A novel micro-technology, which captures the electrical power generated by the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae, has been created by ... read more

Studying Cardiac Arrhythmias in Nematodes

Oct. 2, 2015 — A simple model using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been developed that can be used to test substances for treating genetically-mediated cardiac arrhythmias. They used the nematode feeding ... read more

Genetic Mutations Linked to a Form of Blindness

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia, a form of blindness. One of the most promising avenues for developing a cure, however, is ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Proteins remain after starch is extracted from rice. Until now, this valuable raw material was disposed of by rice starch producers at great expense. A new process is being developed to split ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in an effort to fundamentally improve carbohydrate analysis. With the new method, complex glycans, building blocks of life such as DNA and proteins, can now be sequenced. ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have reached a breakthrough in understanding how fructose is transported into our cells. This could be a potential benefit for the development of novel treatments against some forms of ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A novel mechanism of protein resurrection has been discovered, which not only restores the active function of the protein, but also increases its original activity by almost two times. The scientists ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Many nematodes (worms) have specialized as pathogens, including those that serve as deadly insect-attacking parasites, making them effective biocontrol agents. Now a research team has sequenced the ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Microscopic roundworms (nematodes) live like maggots in bacon: They penetrate into the roots of beets, potatoes or soybeans and feed on plant cells, which are full of energy. But how they do it ... read more

Researchers Discover Key Link in Understanding Billion-Dollar Pests in Agriculture

Sep. 29, 2015 — Invisible to the naked eye, plant-parasitic nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture, causing billions in crop losses every year. Researchers have now found the first genetic evidence linking one ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Scientists have discovered and mapped a light-sensing protein that uses vitamin B12 to perform key functions, including gene ... read more

Biotechnology: Tweaking Proteins With 'Tub-Tag'

Sep. 28, 2015 — A rapid and efficient technique for targeted chemoenzymatic functionalization of proteins has been identified by scientists. The new method has a wide range of potential therapeutic applications, ... read more

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