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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Feb. 12, 2016 — Scientists are using Mira to virtually design unique, artificial peptides, or short proteins. Peptides have the best properties of two different classes of medical drugs today and could enable ... read more

Mommy and Me: Study Shows How Affectionate Mothering Can Combat the Effects of Maternal Depression

Feb. 11, 2016 — Certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant, suggests the first study of its kind. The work sought to investigate how a depressed mother's ... read more

New Imaging Technique Shows How DNA Is Protected at Chromosomes' Ends

Feb. 11, 2016 — A new imaging technique has allowed researchers to see how DNA loops around a protein that aids in the formation of a special structure in telomeres. Telomeres are essentially caps on the ends of ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — The specific combination of the drugs dasatinib and demcizumab impairs the growth of KRAS-driven lung tumors, the most aggressive sub-type and with the lowest survival rates. The research was ... read more

Novel Neuroprotective Therapy Found to Enhance Memory

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research highlights the neuroprotective potential of a peptide developed at the university, and the marked difference in nerve cell communication in male and female mice. If researchers come to ... read more

Biosensors on Demand

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research leverages a combination of computational protein design, in vitro synthesis and in vivo testing to establish a first-of-its-kind strategy for identifying custom-tailored ... read more

Alternative Proteins Encoded by the Same Gene Have Widely Divergent Functions in Cells

Feb. 11, 2016 — In a first large-scale systematic study, researchers found that most sibling proteins -- known as 'protein isoform' encoded by the same gene -- often play radically different roles within ... read more

True Love: How Transcription Factors Interact to Create a Heart

Feb. 11, 2016 — Three transcription factors -- proteins that direct gene expression -- interact with each other and the genome to influence how a heart forms in an embryo, scientists have discovered. Without these ... read more

New Answers Concerning a Weight-Regulating Hormone

Feb. 11, 2016 — For years, scientists have failed to locate the DNA variants that control the weight-regulating hormone, leptin. However, new research has enabled the identification of four genes associated with ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — Faulty bioelectric signaling has been found to be responsible for the skull and facial abnormalities that characterize the rare genetic disorder Andersen-Tawil Syndrome (ATS). It may therefore be ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — DNA is unwound by a type of “pumpjack” mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig, a team of scientists suggests. This finding is based on new close-up images of the proteins that ... read more

Research Uncovers More Inherited Genetic Mutations Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Feb. 10, 2016 — Previous research has established a link between genetic mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes to an increased risk of developing ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer in women. A recent ... read more

'LIGHTSABR,' a Cheap, Portable Drug-Discovery System Developed

Feb. 10, 2016 — A device that can do the functional equivalent of high-throughput compound screening on an ultra-miniaturized scale has been developed by ... read more

Cardiac Repair: Neutrophils to the Rescue

Feb. 10, 2016 — Following an acute heart attack, immune cells called neutrophils coordinate an inflammatory response which can exacerbate the damage to the organ. Now researchers have shown that neutrophils also ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Humans can tolerate the parasites responsible for the sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis for many years. These parasites belong to the same family of pathogens known as ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Scientists have analyzed more than 500 previously published scientific articles and proposed their own approach to the choice of methods used for the treatment of one of the most common ... read more

Atherosclerosis: A Short Cut to Inflammation

Feb. 10, 2016 — The enzyme Dicer processes RNA transcripts, cutting them into short segments that regulate the synthesis of specific proteins. A research team has shown that Dicer promotes the development of ... read more

Researchers Discover a Genetic Mutation That Prevents Diabetes Complications

Feb. 10, 2016 — A number of complications are associated with diabetes, but they are more prevalent in some patients than in others. A new study has now revealed two genetic mutations which seem to lower the risk of ... read more

Chemical Cages: New Technique Advances Synthetic Biology

Feb. 10, 2016 — A clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with has been presented by researchers, speeding up reactions essential for life ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Recently, a new mutation signature found in cancer cells was suspected to have been created by a family of enzymes found in human cells called the APOBEC3 family, report scientists. Mutations are the ... read more

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