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.
12 August 2014
Epigenetics has a large say in blood formation
Every day trillions of blood cells are being formed in our body: from the oxygen-carrying red blood cells to the many types of white blood cells that fight pathogens and infection. All of these highly specialized cells originate from blood stem cells.
11 August 2014
Editing HPV’s genes to kill cervical cancer cells
Researchers have hijacked a defence system normally used by bacteria to fend off viral infections and redirected it against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical, head and neck, and other cancers.
8 August 2014
Fundamental plant chemicals trace back to bacteria
A fundamental chemical pathway that all plants use to create an essential amino acid needed by all animals to make proteins has now been traced to two groups of ancient bacteria.
7 August 2014
In search for Alzheimer’s drug, a major STEP forward
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have discovered a new drug compound that may help reverse the cognitive deficits of Alzheimer’s disease.
6 August 2014
How spiders spin silk
Spider silk is an impressive material; lightweight and stretchy yet stronger than steel. But the challenge that spiders face to produce this substance is even more formidable.
5 August 2014
Model of viral lifecycle could help in finding a cure for hepatitis B
A new technique for studying the lifecycle of the hepatitis B virus could help researchers develop a cure for the disease.
4 August 2014
Knowing what to keep and what to throw: how an enzyme distinguishes cellular messages
In the cell, proteins read through messages to distinguish what needs to be saved and what needs to be discarded.