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September 29, 2016

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September 29, 2016

Cells Migrate Collectively by Intermittent Bursts of Activity

Sep. 29, 2016 — Cell migration is a central process in the development and maintenance of multicellular organisms. Researchers have now discovered that this motion occurs by intermittent bursts of activity. It can ... 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

Sep. 23, 2016 — In the female dog, cells of the uterus can accumulate lipid droplets to form so-called foamy epithelial cells during late metoestrus. These cells produce a hormone that is involved in the ... read more

Researchers Describe Key Protein Structure and a Drug Prototype That Could Assist Therapeutic Development

Sep. 21, 2016 — The three-dimensional, atomic structure of an important cell receptor molecule linked to the development of several diseases has now been described in a new ... read more

Scientists Discover Interplay of Yin-Yang Antagonists Vital for Cell Division

Sep. 20, 2016 — A pair of large enzyme complexes attack each other in turn to form a molecular switch, which is essential for cell division, a new study has ... read more

The End Justifies the Means, Even at the Cellular Level

Sep. 15, 2016 — Each of our cells is endowed with a miniature clock composed of a set of ‘clock genes’. During the day, the expression of these genes varies, and this fluctuation influences many biological ... 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

Rapid Gene Analysis Method Accelerates Photosynthesis Studies

Sep. 13, 2016 — Researchers used a rapid screening technique that genetically engineers plants -- in real time -- to investigate how to help plants realize their full ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — Eggs can be 'tricked' into developing into an embryo without fertilization, but the resulting embryos, called parthenogenotes, die after a few days because key developmental processes ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — Genetic modification of plants might be controversial in commercial applications, but it is undeniably useful for research purposes. Despite years of effort, it has been remarkably difficult to ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — For the first time, abnormal brain development following a Zika infection during pregnancy has been documented experimentally in the offspring of a non-human primate. The researchers' ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — Scientists have developed a sensitive fluorescent antibody probe that specifically detects monomethylation of lysine 20 in histone H4 in living cells. This research has future implications and can be ... read more

What Happens When You Poke a Cell?

Sep. 12, 2016 — For the first time, sperm release in a live animal is described using time lapse imaging at cellular resolutions in Drosophila ... read more

Sep. 10, 2016 — Two very different types of protein have been mapped by researchers. One helps soil bacteria digest carbon compounds; the other protects cells from the effects of harmful ... read more

Sep. 9, 2016 — Plant and animal cells have a complex traffic system within them. This transport network links cellular compartments much like the traffic network that connects different districts in an urban ... 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

Genome of the World's Largest Bony Fish May Explain Fast Growth Rate and Large Size

Sep. 8, 2016 — The genome of the ocean sunfish, the world's largest bony fish, has been sequenced for the first time. The ocean sunfish genome revealed several altered genes that may explain the fast growth ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — Several years ago, biologists discovered a new type of genetic material known as long noncoding RNA. This RNA does not code for proteins and is copied from sections of the genome once believed to be ... read more

How Chinese Medicine Kills Cancer Cells

Sep. 8, 2016 — Researchers have shown how a complex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China -- a Traditional Chinese Medicine -- works to kill cancer ... read more

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