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Cancer Cells Switch Sugar for Fatty Acids to Spread Around the Body
News   Jul 19, 2019

Scientists have uncovered a crucial change in cancer cells that allows them to spread around the body – by switching from sugar to fatty acids to fuel their growth.

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Preventing Eczema Skin Cracks Could Reduce Allergy Issues
News   Jul 18, 2019

Many babies with eczema go on to develop food allergies, asthma and hay fever, and researchers say it’s not a coincidence. The cracks caused by eczema weaken the skin barrier, allowing allergens to penetrate the skin and cause a sequence of allergic diseases.

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“Slug” Keeps Breast Stem Cell Health in Check
News   Jul 18, 2019

A transcription factor called "Slug" keeps breast cells healthy by regulating both stem cell activity and repair of DNA damage.

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Individual Genotypes May Determine Efficacy of Alzheimer's Disease Drugs
News   Jul 18, 2019

Researchers have determined that a human gene present in 75% of the population is a key reason why a class of drugs for Alzheimer's disease seemed promising in animal studies only to fail in human studies. In different Alzheimer's disease patients, different mechanisms may be at work that determine whether or not a given therapy will be effective.

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p38 Protein Regulates Angiogenesis in Colon Cancer
News   Jul 18, 2019

Inhibition of the protein "p38" boosts the formation of blood vessels in human and mice colon cancers, according to a study published in Nature Communications. Known as angiogenesis, this process is critical in fueling cancer cells, allowing them to grow and to eventually develop metastases.

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“Semi-synthetic” Bacteria Churn Out Proteins Containing Unnatural Amino Acids
News   Jul 17, 2019

Researchers have optimized a semi-synthetic bacteria to efficiently produce proteins containing unnatural amino acids.

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Human Pancreas-on-a-Chip Helps Identify Cause of Cystic Fibrosis Complication
News   Jul 17, 2019

Scientists have created human pancreas-on-a-chip that will enable them to identify the possible cause of a frequent and deadly complication of cystic fibrosis called CF-related diabetes, or CFRD.

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Cellular Pathway Tied to Cancer
News   Jul 16, 2019

Scientists have discovered a cellular pathway tied to cancer that may be helpful for reducing side effects and extending duration of immunotherapy in some patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer.

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Biocompound From Atlantic Rainforest Tree Combats Parasite
News   Jul 16, 2019

Natural compounds isolated from Nectandra leucantha, a neotropical tree species belonging to the laurel family (Lauraceae) and endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest biome in Brazil, where its common name is canela-seca or canela-branca, could result in new medications for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

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Rearranging Chromosomes – Does It Affect Their Function?
News   Jul 15, 2019

Molecular biologists long thought that domains in the genome’s 3D organization control how genes are expressed. After studying highly rearranged chromosomes in fruit flies, researchers now reveal that while this is the case for some genes, their results challenge the generality of this for many others.

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