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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

New Method Reveals How Proteins Stabilize the Cell Surface

Feb. 22, 2017 — To withstand external mechanical stress and handle trafficking of various substances, a cell needs to adjust its surrounding membrane. This is done through small indentations on the cell surface ... read more

Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution: Model of CRISPR, Phage Co-Evolution Explains Confusing Experimental Results

Feb. 21, 2017 — A new study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune ... read more

ORC as Loader of the Rings: Study Details Ringed Structure of ORC in DNA Replication

Feb. 21, 2017 — An international collaboration of life scientists has described in exquisite detail the critical first steps of DNA replication, which allows cells to divide and most advanced life, including human, ... read more

Genetic Mutations That Drive Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic ... read more

Molecular Biology: Fingerprinting Cell Identities

Feb. 21, 2017 — Every cell has its own individual molecular fingerprint, which is informative for its functions and regulatory states. Researchers have now carried out a comprehensive comparison of methodologies ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists have found a compound that blocks pain by targeting a pathway not associated with opioids. Research in rodents indicates ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices. Much like flipping your light switch at home -- ... read more

Egg-Free Surrogate Chickens Produced in Bid to Save Rare Breeds

Feb. 17, 2017 — Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds. The advance -- using gene-editing techniques -- could help to boost breeding of ... read more

Gene Editing Can Complement Traditional Food-Animal Improvements

Feb. 17, 2017 — Animal scientist say that gene editing -- following in the footsteps of traditional breeding -- has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Biomedical engineers have developed imaging technology that is the first to see DNA 'blink,' or fluoresce. The tool enables researchers to study individual biomolecules (DNA, chromatin, ... read more

In-Mouse Catalysis

Feb. 17, 2017 — A gold catalyst can be delivered to a target organ in a higher organism where it performs a chemical transformation visualized by bioimaging. This intriguing approach could make organometallic ... read more

Stem Cells Collected from Fat May Have Use in Anti-Aging Treatments

Feb. 17, 2017 — Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells -- such as fibroblasts from the skin -- and have the potential for use in anti-aging treatments, according to ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of West Nile and other viruses in the flavivirus family, according to a new ... read more

Scientists Reveal the Treadmilling Motion of Dividing Bacteria

Feb. 16, 2017 — An international team of scientists using the latest imaging techniques have revealed how bacterial division proteins build a partition wall across the cell, one molecule at a ... read more

Modifying Fat Content in Soybean Oil With the Molecular Scissors Cpf1

Feb. 16, 2017 — Successful inactivation of two genes in soybean using ... read more

Prebiotic Evolution: Hairpins Help Each Other out

Feb. 16, 2017 — The evolution of cells and organisms is thought to have been preceded by a phase in which informational molecules like DNA could be replicated selectively. New work shows that hairpin structures make ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new type of biomarker, ... read more

How Antibody Treatment Led to Lasting HIV-Like Virus Remission

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have found that the presence of the protein alpha-4 beta-7 integrin on the surface of HIV and its monkey equivalent -- simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV -- may help explain why an ... read more

Gene Therapy Treats Muscle-Wasting Disease in Dogs

Feb. 16, 2017 — Dogs with an inherited muscle-wasting disorder that was treated with a single infusion of corrective gene therapy were indistinguishable from normal animals one year later. Puppies with this ... read more

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