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May 17, 2017 — Microbes can control their animal hosts by manipulating the molecular machinery of their cells, triggering patterns of gene expression that consequently contribute to health and disease, new research ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Genetically identical Amazon mollies raised individually and under identical environmental conditions, nevertheless develop different personality types. Additionally, increasing the opportunity for ... read more

Social Networking for the Proteome, Upgraded

May 17, 2017 — Researchers have mapped the interaction partners for proteins encoded by more than 5,800 genes, representing over a quarter of the human genome, according to a new study. The network, dubbed BioPlex ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Researchers have invented new tools for decoding and controlling signalling circuits in living cells with flashes of light. In principle, any cellular circuit can now be targeted with the new method. ... read more

New Study Sheds Light on Origins of Life on Earth Through Molecular Function

May 17, 2017 — Debate exists over how life began on Earth, but a new study provides evidence for a 'metabolism-first' model. Scientists have traced the origins and evolution of molecular functions through ... read more

Scientists Begin to Unlock Secrets of Deep Ocean Color from Organic Matter

May 17, 2017 — About half of atmospheric carbon dioxide is fixed by ocean's phytoplankton through a process called photosynthesis. A large portion of biologically fixed carbon is formed by picocyanobacteria at ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Cohort after cohort, fishing typically removes large fish from the population and can lead to rapid evolutionary changes in exploited fish ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Human teeth evolved from the same genes that make the teeth of pufferfish, new research concludes. This research, say investigators, could be used to help address tooth loss in ... read more

May 15, 2017 — As part of a project dedicated to modeling how single-celled purple bacteria turn light into food, a team of computational scientists simulated a complete ATP synthase in all-atom detail. The work ... read more

May 15, 2017 — The carnivorous humped bladderwort plant, Utricularia gibba, is a sophisticated predator. It uses vacuum pressure to suck prey into tiny traps at speeds less than a millisecond. A new genomic ... read more

Virus Study Targets Infection Linked to Birth Defects

May 15, 2017 — Fresh insights into how a common virus replicates could pave the way for new therapies to stop its spread. Scientists have discovered a key molecule linked to Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, ... read more

Stem Cells in Plants and Animals Behave Surprisingly Similarly

May 12, 2017 — A new study shows that the behavior of stem cells in plants and animals is surprisingly similar. The researchers were able to produce mathematical equations that reveal very small differences in the ... read more

Immune Cells Rely on Receptor to Signal Counterattack on Parasitic Worm

May 12, 2017 — Immune cells, called macrophages, may rely on a compound to signal an attack to beat back attacks from parasitic worms, according to an international team of ... read more

'Molecular Prosthetics' Can Replace Missing Proteins to Treat Disease

May 11, 2017 — Researchers have demonstrated that a small molecule can transport iron in human cells and live animals when proteins that normally do the same job are missing, a condition that often causes severe ... read more

May 11, 2017 — The aquatic environment is full of tantalizing chemicals that can guide a fish to mates or meals. Now, scientists in Japan have identified the olfactory receptor and brain circuitry that picks up the ... read more

Study of Worms Reveals 'Selfish Genes' That Encode a Toxin, and Its Antidote

May 11, 2017 — A worm commonly used in lab research possesses a pair of genes that encode both a poison and its antidote, scientists have discovered. The genes represent one of the clearest examples to date of a ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Proper DNA inheritance is essential for healthy chloroplast: the energy center of all plant cells. Researchers discover a new gene in chloroplast that disentangles its DNA for proper plant ... read more

May 11, 2017 — The first analysis of how proteins are arranged in a cell was published today in Science, revealing that a large portion of human proteins can be found in more than one location in a given ... read more

Rare Feline Genetic Disorders Identified Through Whole Genome Sequencing

May 11, 2017 — Veterinary neurologists found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease in people. Now they have found that a ... read more

May 11, 2017 — A common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to human-made fire retardants, researchers have discovered for the first ... read more

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