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Cell Death or Cancer Growth: A Question of Cohesion
News   Nov 20, 2019

Activation of CD95, a receptor found on all cancer cells, triggers programmed cell death – or does the opposite, namely stimulates cancer cell growth. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have now shown that the impact of CD95 activation depends on whether there are isolated cancer cells or three-dimensional structures.

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A New Pathway To "Reprogram" Killer Cells
News   Nov 20, 2019

Killer cells of the immune system detect and kill infected cells or cancer cells. Researchers at the Institute of Pathology at the University of Bern have now discovered that the mechanism by which certain immune cells kill their target cells can also be used to control the killer cells themselves.

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Complex Organ Models Grown in the Lab
News   Nov 20, 2019

Scientists at the University of Würzburg have successfully produced human tissues from stem cells. They have a complexity similar to that of normal tissue and are far superior to previous structures.

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Directing Self-propelled Protocells To Deliver Drugs
News   Nov 19, 2019

Synthetic protocells can be made to move toward and away from chemical signals, an important step for the development of new drug-delivery systems that could target specific locations in the body.

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"Supergrowth" Challenges Established Science of Cell Growth
News   Nov 19, 2019

After subjecting cells to stress, researchers have discovered that the cells can undergo a rapid period of “supergrowth”.

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Flu Virus Not a Fan of Ketogenic Diet
News   Nov 18, 2019

A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet like the Keto regimen has its fans, but influenza apparently isn’t one of them.

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Genetic Variation in Individual Brain Cell Types May Predict Disease Risk
News   Nov 18, 2019

Researchers have used healthy tissue isolated from six patients to isolate four different kinds of brain cells — neurons, microglia, oligodendrocytes, and astrocytes — then looked at genetic variation associated with disease in the non-coding enhancer regions of each cell type, searching for variations that might be linked to disease risk.

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New Mechanism To Explain How the Endosome Is Formed and Maintained
News   Nov 18, 2019

Contrary to current knowledge, a new study suggests that a different mechanism is responsible for the upkeep of the endosome.

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Bacterial Protein Impairs Important Cellular Processes
News   Nov 18, 2019

Researchers have discovered that a bacterium that impairs wound healing produces a protein that is capable of blocking the cell cycle.

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How To Build a Chloroplast
News   Nov 18, 2019

Researchers in Japan and the U.K. have discovered new details of how young leaves build their first chloroplasts, the energy factories of plant cells. The researchers identified a new role for a protein that was first identified 25 years ago, but had defied characterization until now.

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