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August 27, 2016

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August 27, 2016

Aug. 17, 2016 — The cells that make fin rays in fish play a central role in forming the fingers and toes of four-legged creatures, one of the great transformations required for the descendants of fish to become ... read more

DNA Naturally Fluoresces: Discovery Opens Door for Staining-Free, Super-Resolution Imaging

Aug. 15, 2016 — Scientist shave recently caught DNA doing something that has never been seen before: it ... read more

A Very Hungry Caterpillar: Researchers Sequence Genome of 'Gluttonous' Tobacco Hornworm

Aug. 15, 2016 — The genome of the tobacco hornworm -- an important model of insect biology -- has now been sequenced by a team of researchers. The sequenced genome can lead to improved molecular biology, physiology ... read more

Aug. 12, 2016 — New work has revealed that in the sea squirt embryo, the orientation of the cell division machinery in epithelial cells is controlled by a unique cell membrane structure, which we call an ... read more

Aug. 11, 2016 — Like a magician, the freshwater flatworm known as planaria can survive decapitation or even being cut into many pieces. But the flatworm does not need to rely on trickery. Its remarkable ability to ... read more

Aug. 10, 2016 — A professor's flax research could one day help Canadian farmers grow a car fender. In a recent study, he identified the genes responsible for the bane of many Canadian flax farmers' ... read more

Jaw-Dropping Research Explains Mouth Formation During Embryonic Development

Aug. 9, 2016 — Researchers have identified an area in the developing face of embryonic frogs that unzips to form the mouth. The scientists, who named this region the 'pre-mouth array', have also ... read more

Aug. 9, 2016 — Normally, individual molecules of genetic material repel each other. However, when space is limited DNA molecules must be packed together more tightly. This case arises in sperm, cell nuclei and the ... read more

Aug. 9, 2016 — The transient form of genetic information, the RNA, is processed in a similar manner in the cells of both organisms. These mechanisms seem to be at work throughout the whole animal kingdom. ... read more

Aug. 8, 2016 — A research team has discovered the key factor that regulates trunk development in vertebrates and explains why snakes have such a strikingly different body. These findings may open new avenues to the ... read more

Aug. 5, 2016 — Studies are providing basic new understanding about 'heat shock proteins,' also called'chaperone proteins.' Researchers presented data that show how heat shock proteins break ... read more

Aug. 5, 2016 — Many lower organisms retain the ability to regenerate tissue after injury. Humans share many genes with these organisms, but our capacity for regeneration is limited. Scientists are studying the ... read more

New Tool Enables Researchers to Rapidly Manipulate Protein Levels in Mammalian Cells

Aug. 4, 2016 — A research team has developed a tool that allows scientists to quickly manipulate levels of two proteins in the same cell. They say the method, dubbed a "dual molecular tuner," offers an ... read more

How Epigenetics Regulate Vital Functions from Bacteria to Humans

Aug. 4, 2016 — A new study provides a comparative analysis of the evolution of epigenetic mechanisms from prokaryotes (bacteria) to simple eukaryotes (multi-cellular) to more complex eukaryotes ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — Scientists have made a major advance in understanding how the cells of an organism, which all contain the same genetic information, come to be so diverse. A study shows that a protein called OCT4 ... read more

Ultrastrong, Ultrafast and Local: Water Induces Electric Fields at the Surface of DNA

Aug. 4, 2016 — The structure and dynamics of the DNA double helix are influenced in a decisive way by the surrounding water shell. New experiments in the ultrafast time domain show that the first two water layers ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — Scientists are one step closer to identifying the biological personalities of the world's greatest wines. In a recent study, researchers developed a technique that combines a process to identify ... read more

From Happiness on Twitter to DNA Organization

Aug. 3, 2016 — Twitter users who are happy tend to be more connected with other happy users. This is the confirmation of a property of social networks known as assortativity: a measure of to what extent people who ... read more

Aug. 2, 2016 — The field of genetics has seen astonishing breakthroughs and the development of world-changing technologies in the past half ... read more

Protein Critical to Toxoplasmosis Regulation: CD4 T-Cell and Blimp-1

Aug. 1, 2016 — Researchers are finding a way to regulate chronic toxoplasmosis, one of the most common parasitic diseases worldwide. This research also has important implications for ... read more

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