1 September 2014
Researcher says there’s an effective treatment for Ebola
An Ebola researcher from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has said that a blend of three monoclonal antibodies can protect monkeys against a lethal dose of Ebola virus up to 5 days after infection, the time when the disease is severe.
29 August 2014
Researchers discover new type of cell movement
For decades, researchers have used Petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body.
28 August 2014
The ancient conversation between plants, fungi and bacteria
The mechanical force that a single fungal cell or bacterial colony exerts on a plant cell may seem vanishingly small, but it plays a heavy role in setting up some of the most fundamental symbiotic relationships in biology.
27 August 2014
Focus on naturally occurring protein to tackle dementia
Synapses PhotoScientists at the University of Warwick have provided the first evidence that the lack of a naturally occurring protein is linked to early signs of dementia.
26 August 2014
Scientists uncover navigation system used by cancer and nerve cells
Duke University researchers have found a ‘roving detection system’ on the surface of cells that may point to new ways of treating diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
22 August 2014
Missing protein restored in patients with muscular dystrophy
For the first time, a research team has succeeded in restoring a missing repair protein in skeletal muscle of patients with muscular dystrophy.
21 August 2014
A semi-artificial leaf faster than ‘natural’ photosynthesis
A cooperation between chemists and biologists from the Ruhr-University Bochum resulted in a new method for the very efficient integration of photosynthetic proteins in photovoltaics.
20 August 2014
How steroid hormones enable plants to grow
Plants can adapt extremely quickly to changes in their environment. Hormones activated in direct response to light and temperature stimuli help them achieve this.
19 August 2014
Artificial cells act like the real thing
Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that are inherent to living cells is difficult to achieve outside the cell.
18 August 2014
DNA methylation involved in Alzheimer’s disease
A new study led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Rush University Medical Center, reveals how early changes in brain DNA methylation are involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
15 August 2014
Single enzyme is necessary for development of diabetes
An enzyme called 12-lipoxygenase (12-LO) promotes the obesity-induced oxidative stress in the pancreatic cells that leads to pre-diabetes, and diabetes.
14 August 2014
From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Nature’s artistic and engineering skills are evident in proteins, life’s robust molecular machines. Scientists at Rice University have now employed their unique theories to show how the interplay between evolution and physics developed these skills.
13 August 2014
Gene that controls nerve conduction velocity linked to multiple sclerosis
A new study published in The American Journal of Pathology identifies a novel gene that controls nerve conduction velocity.