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March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

Mar. 1, 2017 — Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists have now been able to simulate these confined natural conditions in artificial vesicles for the ... read more

Feb. 28, 2017 — Biomedical engineers have discovered a way to detect signs of cancer on a cell-by-cell basis using two lasers and a camera. An increase in cell stiffness is an indicator of cancerous tissue, but ... read more

Rare Proteins Collapse Earlier

Feb. 28, 2017 — Some organisms are able to survive in hot springs, while others can only live at mild temperatures because their proteins aren't able to withstand such extreme heat. Researchers investigated ... read more

Feb. 28, 2017 — Mammalian cells fully adapt to zero gravity in less than a minute. Real-time readings on the International Space Station (ISS) reveal that cells compensate ultra-rapidly for changes in gravitational ... read more

Drug Combination Defeats Dengue, Ebola in Mice, Study Finds

Feb. 27, 2017 — A combination of two cancer drugs inhibited both dengue and Ebola virus infections in mice in a study, despite the fact that these two viruses are vastly different from each ... read more

Sponge Bacterium Found to Encapsulate Arsenic Drawn from Environment

Feb. 27, 2017 — A new study sheds light on a unique biological model of arsenic detoxification. According to the new research, the Entotheonella bacterium that inhabits the Theonella swinhoei sponge is one of the ... read more

New Tool for Combating Mosquito-Borne Disease: Insect Parasite Genes

Feb. 27, 2017 — Discovery of the genes the insect parasite Wolbachia uses to control its hosts' reproduction provides a powerful new tool for enhancing biological control efforts for mosquito-borne diseases ... read more

Common Bacterium May Help Control Disease-Bearing Mosquitoes

Feb. 27, 2017 — Genes from a common bacterium can be harnessed to sterilize male insects, a tool that can potentially control populations of both disease-bearing mosquitoes and agricultural pests, researchers ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Researchers have designed a machine that can rapidly produce large quantities of customized peptides. This technology could help researchers rapidly generate new peptide drugs to test on diseases ... read more

Dietary Prebiotics Improve Sleep, Buffer Impacts of Stress, Says Study

Feb. 25, 2017 — New research suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters called prebiotics -- which serve as food for good bacteria inside the gut -- can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Scientists have generated a new plasmid-based reverse genetics system for ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Small 'bubbles' frequently form on membranes of cells and are taken up into their interior. The process involves EHD proteins. Scientists have now shed light on how these proteins assemble ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Anisoplin, a new protein produced by a pathogenic fungus of insects and mites that provides new possibilities for the design of biotechnological tools to control pests, researchers have ... read more

New Algorithm Identifies Gene Transfers Between Different Bacterial Species

Feb. 24, 2017 — In a recent study combining machine learning and bioinformatics, a new computational method was developed for modelling gene transfers between different lineages of a bacterial population or even ... read more

Feb. 25, 2017 — A new database of bottlenose dolphin DNA and associated proteins just completed could possibly aid in dolphin care and research of human medical problems such as stroke and kidney ... read more

First Systematic Study of Deadly, Antibiotic-Resistant Fungus Reported

Feb. 24, 2017 — The deadly fungus, Candida auris, which has been found in hospitals, is resistant to entire classes of antimicrobial drugs, limiting treatment options for those infected. Microbiologists have ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — A new study has shown that the electrical wire-like behavior of DNA is involved in the molecule's ... read more

Gene-Edited Pigs Show Signs of Resistance to Major Viral Disease

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have produced pigs that may be protected from an infection that costs the swine industry billions each year. The team have used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that are ... read more

Trapped Amazonian Mosquitoes Reveal Their Last Meals: Humans, Birds, and Small Mammals

Feb. 23, 2017 — The mosquito Anopheles darlingi is the main vector of malaria in Central and South America, but little has been investigated about its behavior. Now, researchers have used traps and DNA analysis to ... read more

Mouse Model Could Shed New Light on Immune System Response to Zika Virus

Feb. 23, 2017 — A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new ... read more

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