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We Starve Our Slaves
We Starve Our Slaves
News   Oct 31, 2018

Hosts starve their microbial denizens of nutrients, essentially enslaving the microbes in their gut so that they are forced to do our bidding.

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Scientists Call for Unified Standards in 3D Genome & Epigenetic Data
Scientists Call for Unified Standards in 3D Genome & Epigenetic Data
News   Oct 31, 2018

Studying the 3D of DNA and its dynamics is revealing a lot of information about gene expression, expanding our knowledge of how cells, tissues and organs actually work in health and disease. Properly producing and managing this large amount of data is both challenging and necessary for the progress of this field. In a perspective paper published in Nature Genetics, researchers call for unified standards and suggest guidelines in this emerging and promising research area.

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How Plants Cope with Stress
How Plants Cope with Stress
News   Oct 31, 2018

The future looks challenging for plants. Climate change is forecast to bring widespread drought to parts of the planet already struggling with dry conditions. To mitigate the potentially devastating effects to agriculture, researchers are seeking strategies to help plants withstand extreme environmental hazards.

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Genomic Data Flood Hinders Pathogen Detection
Genomic Data Flood Hinders Pathogen Detection
News   Oct 31, 2018

There are many ways to slice and dice genomic data to identify a species of bacteria, or at least find its close relatives. But fast techniques to sequence genomes have flooded the public databases and in a biased fashion, containing lots of genomic data about some species and not enough about others, according to a Rice University computer scientist.

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Cancer’s Most Deadly Assassin Exists in Every Cell
Cancer’s Most Deadly Assassin Exists in Every Cell
News   Oct 30, 2018

A kill code is embedded in every cell in the body whose function may be to cause the self-destruction of cells that become cancerous, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

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Sweet Discovery in Chocolate's Tasty Past
Sweet Discovery in Chocolate's Tasty Past
News   Oct 30, 2018

As Halloween revelers prepare to feast on chocolate, a new study is pushing back the origins of the delicious sweet treat.

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Virus Production Boosted to Generate More Vectors for Gene Transfer
Virus Production Boosted to Generate More Vectors for Gene Transfer
News   Oct 30, 2018

New method increases the released lentiviral particles produced by host cells, which will aid the use of the vectors for introducing foreign genes.

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Screening Pipeline Maps Protein-RNA Interactions
Screening Pipeline Maps Protein-RNA Interactions
News   Oct 29, 2018

A screening pipeline capable of detecting interactions within protein libraries or between protein libraries and RNA fragment pools has been developed to improve understanding of cellular mechanisms.

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Epigenetic Drug Strategy to Treat Cancer
Epigenetic Drug Strategy to Treat Cancer
News   Oct 26, 2018

Researchers have discovered that inhibiting CDK9, a DNA transcription regulator, reactivates genes that have been epigenetically silenced by cancer.

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Targeted Drug Could Slow Ovarian Cancer Progression in Women with Faulty BRCA Gene
Targeted Drug Could Slow Ovarian Cancer Progression in Women with Faulty BRCA Gene
News   Oct 26, 2018

A drug could help slow the progression of some advanced ovarian cancers and extend the time that patients show no signs of disease, according to new clinical trial results.

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