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October 22, 2016

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October 22, 2016

Oct. 21, 2016 — Researchers have revealed the molecular events leading to the regulation of cell growth and proliferation in response to stiffness of the extracellular matrix that surrounds ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Large swaths of DNA and its lesser-known cousin RNA are dotted by chemical tags that act like Post-It notes, providing additional instructions to the underlying genetic code. The most abundant of ... read more

Do Microbes Control Our Mood?

Oct. 20, 2016 — Our intestine hosts a complex ecosystem of bacteria; we call it the gut microbiota, which includes at least 1000 difference species. We get most of our gut microbes soon after birth, although there ... read more

Scientists Can Listen to Proteins by Turning Data Into Music

Oct. 20, 2016 — Transforming data about the structure of proteins into melodies gives scientists a completely new way of analyzing the molecules that could reveal new insights into how they work -- by listening to ... read more

Strong, Steady Forces at Work During Cell Division

Oct. 20, 2016 — Biologists who study the mechanics of cell division have for years disagreed about how much force is at work when the cell's molecular engines are lining chromosomes up in the cell, preparing to ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Eukaryotic cells, including human cells, form paired condensed chromosomes before cell division. The paired chromosomes are then equally divided into the daughter cells. Prokaryotic cells, including ... read more

Taking out the Cellular 'Trash' at the Right Place and the Right Time

Oct. 20, 2016 — New insight about how cells dispose of their waste has been discovered by researchers. They show the necessity of a regulation in space and time of a key protein involved in cellular waste disposal. ... read more

All Yeasts Are Not Created Equal

Oct. 19, 2016 — The type of yeast in bread is less similar to the type that causes fungal infections than previously thought, new research ... read more

Neu5Gc in Red Meat and Organs May Pose a Significant Health Hazard

Oct. 19, 2016 — A non-human sialic acid sugar molecule common in red meat that increases the risk of tumor formation in humans is also prevalent in pig organs, with concentrations increasing as the organs are ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Maintaining the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres, allows cells to continuously divide and achieve immortality. In a new study, researchers have developed a first-of-its- kind system to observe ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Of the many elusive grails of agricultural biotechnology, the ability to confer nitrogen fixation into non-leguminous plants such as cereals ranks near the very top, say ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Scientists have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered "super yeast" could ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Remember dropping your milk teeth? After a lot of wiggling the tooth finally dropped out. But in your hand was only the enamel-covered crown: the entire root of the tooth had somehow ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Pathogenic bacteria use small RNA molecules to adapt to their environment. Infection researchers have now pinpointed a protein involved in regulating the activity of these ... read more

Ancient Hominid 'Hanky Panky' Also Influenced Spread of STIs

Oct. 17, 2016 — With recent studies proving that almost everyone has a little bit of Neanderthal DNA in them ---- up to 5 percent of the human genome --- it's become clear our ancestors not only had some ... read more

With Designer Lignin, Biofuels Researchers Reproduced Evolutionary Path

Oct. 14, 2016 — When scientists reported in 2014 that they had successfully engineered a poplar plant "designed for deconstruction," the finding made international news. The highly degradable poplar, the ... read more

Spinning Semen Provides a Measurement of Fertility

Oct. 14, 2016 — The maths of collective behavior has provided a new technique for selecting the best semen for artificial insemination in livestock, new research ... read more

Human Transport Has Unpredictable Genetic, Evolutionary Consequences for Marine Species

Oct. 14, 2016 — Human activities, such as shipping, are having a noticeable impact on marine species and their native habitats. New research says that human forms of transport can disrupt natural genetic patterns ... read more

Oct. 14, 2016 — Researchers reveal how mould from humidity caused by rotting fruits and vegetables unfolds a surprising strategy to infect ... 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

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