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Human cells can change job to fight diabetes
For the first time, researchers have shown that ordinary human cells can change their original function. (2019-02-14)
From vibrations alone, acacia ants can tell nibbles from the wind
Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on Feb. 14 find that the ants of the acacia tree are tipped off to the presence of herbivores by vibrations that run throughout the trees when an animal gets too close or begins to chew. (2019-02-14)
Improved RNA data visualization method gets to the bigger picture faster
Like going from a pinhole camera to a Polaroid, a significant mathematical update to the formula for a popular bioinformatics data visualization method will allow researchers to develop snapshots of single-cell gene expression not only several times faster but also at much higher-resolution. (2019-02-14)
German researchers discover how sleep can fight infection
Researchers in Germany have discovered why sleep can sometimes be the best medicine. (2019-02-12)
RUDN biochemists found a way to stop the immortality of cancer cells with oligonucleotides
RUDN biochemists found a way to reduce the activity of telomerase (the enzyme of cell immortality) 10 times. (2019-02-11)
How a fungus can cripple the immune system
An international research team led by Professor Oliver Werz of Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, has now discovered how the fungus knocks out the immune defenses, enabling a potentially fatal fungal infection to develop. (2019-02-08)
Improving the body's ability to fight cancer and intruders
Individualized cancer therapies are improved, thanks to two new methods for characterizing the immune system. (2019-02-07)
Studies lend support to 'grandmother hypothesis,' but there are limits
Humans are unusual in that women go through menopause and stop reproducing long before reaching the end of their life expectancy. (2019-02-07)
Putting female mosquitoes on human diet drugs could reduce spread of disease
In a study publishing Feb. 7 in the journal Cell, researchers report that they have identified drugs that can reduce mosquito hunger for blood. (2019-02-07)
Biologists answer fundamental question about cell size
MIT biologists have discovered why cell sizes are so tightly regulated. (2019-02-07)
Viral communications hacking boosts Leishmania infections
New research from McGill University has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines against infections that cause severe disfiguration. (2019-02-07)
Finding clues to a functional HIV cure
George Mason University's Yuntao Wu's research team has identified a measurable indicator that could prove instrumental in the fight against HIV. (2019-02-07)
More physical than chemical: Researchers show what really gets cells going
Collective cell migration is essential in many organisms, with roles in human cellular processes including cancer invasion and wound healing. (2019-02-06)
An elegant mechanism
Researchers discovered a connection between metabolite and protein transport in the powerhouse of the cell. (2019-02-06)
Scientists poised to study reproducibility of Brazilian biomedical research
A project to assess the reproducibility of biomedical research in Brazil has been described today in the open-access journal eLife. (2019-02-05)
Enzyme warps space to break the cell's speed limit
Johns Hopkins researchers have found that rhomboid enzymes, which are special proteins that cut other proteins, are able to break the 'cellular speed limit' as they move through the cell membrane. (2019-02-01)
Ancient pandas weren't exclusive bamboo eaters, bone evidence suggests
The giant pandas we know and love today live only in the understory of particular mountains in southwestern China, where they subsist on bamboo alone. (2019-01-31)
Research Resource Identifiers improve proper use of cell lines in biomedical studies
Using Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs) helps reduce the improper use of cell lines in biomedical studies, according to a study published today in eLife. (2019-01-29)
Study of archaeal cells could teach us more about ourselves
Researchers wanted to better understand the archaeal cell by studying Sulfolobus islandicus, an archaeal microorganism that is found in geothermal hot springs. (2019-01-24)
Rocking improves sleep and memory, studies in mice and people show
Two new studies reported in Current Biology on Jan. 24, one conducted in young adults and the other in mice, add to evidence for the broad benefits of a rocking motion during sleep. (2019-01-24)
Biosecurity strategy needed for China's Belt and Road Initiative, researchers say
China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched five years ago, includes more than 120 countries, linked by six proposed land-based Economic Corridors between core cities and key ports along traditional international transport routes. (2019-01-24)
IUPUI researchers re-create retinal microenvironment in a dish with human stem cells
IUPUI biologists have developed a way to create more-mature models that better mimic the environment in the human retina by creating cells that can be further used to study disease such as glaucoma. (2019-01-24)
Fever boots immune cell trafficking through a thermal sensory Hsp90-α4 integrin pathway
Recently, researchers at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with colleagues, demonstrated that fever promotes T lymphocyte trafficking through heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90)-induced α4 integrin activation and signaling in T cells. (2019-01-17)
Scientists accidentally engineer mice with unusually short and long tails
Researchers from two groups studying mouse development have accidentally created mice with unusually long and unusually short tails. (2019-01-17)
How manganese produces a parkinsonian syndrome
Using X-ray fluorescence at synchrotrons DESY and ESRF, researchers in the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan (CNRS/Université de Bordeaux) have demonstrated the consequences of a mutation responsible for a hereditary parkinsonian syndrome: accumulated manganese in the cells appears to disturb protein transport. (2019-01-16)
Protein alteration controls cell's response to stress, immunity and lifespan
Scientists have revealed a key mechanism in worms that is involved in controlling the cell's response to stress, a study in eLife reports. (2019-01-15)
Genome doubling, cell size and novelty
In the 2019 Coulter Review, 'Polyploidy, the Nucleotype, and Novelty: The Impact of Genome Doubling on the Biology of the Cell,' published in the International Journal of Plant Sciences (180:1-52), Jeff J. (2019-01-15)
Discovery casts doubt on cell surface organization models L
Like planets, the body's cell surfaces look smooth from a distance but hilly closer up. (2019-01-14)
Molecular aspects of the dengue virus infection process: A review
At the present time, dengue is one of the most important arboviruses affecting man, becoming a serious global public health problem, especially in subtropical and tropical countries, where environmental conditions favor the development and proliferation of the mosquito Aedes aegypti. (2019-01-13)
A new mechanism helps explain differences between eukaryotic and bacterial proteomes
The study, published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, has been headed by Lluís Ribas, at IRB Barcelona. (2019-01-11)
Turbocharger for the cell machinery
Researchers of the University of Bern have discovered a new molecular regulatory mechanism in unicellular parasites which has never before been observed. (2019-01-10)
New CRISPR-Cas9 variants can respond to viral proteases
Using a technique called circular permutation, researchers at the University of California Berkeley have created a new suite of Cas9 variants called Cas9-CPs, which will simplify design of Cas9-fusion proteins for diverse applications beyond simple DNA cutting, such as base editing and epigenetic modifications. (2019-01-10)
For these birds, climate change spells a rise in fatal conflicts
Researchers have found yet another way in which climate change has been detrimental to migrating birds. (2019-01-10)
Uncovering more options in cancer immunotherapy
If scientists want to boost immune cells' ability to kill cancer cells, then vast libraries of small molecules are potentially available. (2019-01-10)
Stem cell study offers clues for optimizing bone marrow transplants and more
A new USC and Stanford study, conducted in mice, shows that successfully transplanted stem cells don't behave 'normally' as in a healthy person without a transplant. (2019-01-09)
Female penguins are getting stranded along the South American coast
Every year, thousands of Magellanic penguins are stranded along the South American coast--from northern Argentina to southern Brazil -- 1,000 kilometers away from their breeding ground in northern Patagonia. (2019-01-07)
Your brain rewards you twice per meal: When you eat and when food reaches your stomach
We know a good meal can stimulate the release of the feel-good hormone dopamine, and now a study in humans from the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Germany suggests that dopamine release in the brain occurs at two different times: at the time the food is first ingested and another once the food reaches the stomach. (2018-12-27)
FSU researchers unravel mystery of how, when DNA replicates
A team of Florida State University researchers has unlocked a decades old mystery about how a critical cellular process called DNA replication is regulated. (2018-12-27)
Cell size and cell-cycle states play key decision-making role in HIV
Thanks to the development of antiretroviral drugs, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is considered a manageable chronic disease today. (2018-12-26)
How sperm stem cells maintain their number
Researchers including Asstistant Professor Yu Kitadate and Professor Shosei Yoshida (developmental biologists at the National Institute for Basic Biology in Japan) and Professor Benjamin Simons (a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge in the UK) have revealed a novel mechanism for stem cell number control. (2018-12-20)
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