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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Researchers Explore Essential Cell Behavior With Crystal Sensor

Jan. 31, 2017 — A team of scientists has developed a new tool to monitor under a microscope how cells attach to an adjacent substrate. Studying adhesion events can help researchers understand how tissues grow, how ... read more

Jan. 20, 2017 — A new technique will help biologists tinker with genes, whether the goal is to turn cells into tiny factories churning out medicines, modify crops to grow with limited water or study the effects of a ... read more

Dec. 23, 2016 — A cellular gatekeeper for water molecules finds new use in magnetic resonance imaging, a new report ... read more

Modifying a Live Virus in a Vaccine to Be Just Strong Enough

Dec. 1, 2016 — By genetically tweaking the constituent live virus, scientists have created a vaccine against influenza in which the virus is capable of activating the immune system but cannot replicate in healthy ... read more

Researchers Create Synthetic Cells to Isolate Genetic Circuits

Nov. 14, 2016 — Encapsulating molecular components in artificial membranes offers more flexibility in designing circuits, report ... read more

Nov. 14, 2016 — A new helper in the fight against cancer and other diseases of the gut may be genetically altered bacteria that release medicines to tumors or the gut, report ... read more

People Who Know About Genetically Modified Food Agree With Science: They're Safe

Nov. 9, 2016 — People who know about genetically modified food agree with science, that they're safe. On the other hand, those who know plenty about global warming are cautious about the science that says ... read more

Model Predicts Elimination of GMO Crops Would Cause Hike in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov. 8, 2016 — A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study ... read more

Changing Cell Behavior Could Boost Biofuels, Medicine

Nov. 7, 2016 — A computer scientist has developed a way to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances, which could be useful for stem cell research, gene therapy and biofuel production. A ... read more

Nov. 2, 2016 — Scientists have succeeded in organizing spherical compartments into clusters mimicking the way natural organelles would create complex structures. They managed to connect the synthetic compartments ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — The cornerstone of genetics is the loss-of-function experiment. In short, this means that to figure out what exactly gene X is doing in a tissue of interest—be it developing brain cells or a ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — In 2015, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded in part for the discovery of artemisinin, a plant-derived compound that's proven to be a lifesaver in treating malaria. Yet many ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — Spraying barley crops with RNA molecules that inhibit fungus growth could help protect the plants against disease, according to a new study. Plant diseases caused by fungi that grow on crops ... read more

Sep. 27, 2016 — Researchers have developed a novel toolkit based on modified yeast cells to tease out how plant genes and proteins respond to auxin, the most ubiquitous plant hormone. Their system allowed them to ... read more

New Switch Decides Between Genome Repair, Death of Cells

Sep. 27, 2016 — The genetic information of every cell is encoded in the sequence of the DNA double helix. Double strand breaks in the DNA, which can be induced by radiation, are a dangerous threat to the cells, and ... read more

Shedding Light on the Limits of the Expanded Genetic Code

Sep. 15, 2016 — In 2014, scientists made a huge news splash when they reported the ability to grow bacteria with an expanded genetic code. Critics feared the rise of unnatural creatures; others appreciated the ... read more

Researcher Calls for Animal-Human Embryo Research to Proceed, but With Strong Animal Protections

Sep. 14, 2016 — A researcher calls for animal-human embryo research to proceed – but only with strong animal protections in place. So-called "chimera" research raises the hope of producing human organs ... read more

Protein Found That Initiates DNA Repair

Sep. 9, 2016 — A research team has discovered a protein that may serve as a first responder that sets in motion a cascade of molecular activity to repair damaged ... read more

Sep. 5, 2016 — For (probably) the first time ever, plants modified with the "genetic scissors" CRISPR-Cas9 has been cultivated, harvested and cooked. D professor in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology served ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — Cell lines are cultured cells that are commonly used in medical research. New results show that such cells are not always what they are assumed to be. Using genetic analyses, the researchers showed ... read more

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