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Blocking Protein’s Activity Restores Cognition in Old Mice
News   Apr 08, 2019

Brain cells called microglia serve as the brain’s garbage crew, scarfing up bits of cellular debris. But their underperformance in aging brains contributes to neurodegeneration. Could a strategy to restore this homeostasis be on the horizon?

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CRISPR Shows Promise in “Butterfly Children"
News   Apr 08, 2019

Researchers have led a study which demonstrates the viability of a gene editing strategy for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (also known as butterfly chilidren) with the tool CRISPR/Cas9 in preclinical models with this disease.

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Cell Lesson: Better Coordinated Than Isolated
News   Apr 05, 2019

A new study has found a new system in our cells that makes them more robust against possible alterations in the expression of our genes.

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New Guidelines Push for Better Controlled Experiments with Synthetic Nucleic Acids
News   Apr 05, 2019

Researchers have proposed new guidelines to overcome current problems facing scientists developing synthetic nucleic acids - such as antisense oligonucleotides and double-stranded RNAs - as drugs and research tools.

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Why Is Lupus Biased Towards Women?
News   Apr 05, 2019

Research on the X chromosome points to an abnormality in the immune system’s T cells as a possible contributing factor in lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

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Are We Responsible for Contacting Research Participants With New Genetic Findings?
News   Apr 05, 2019

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), along with several co-signing organizations, issued a position statement today outlining whether, and to what extent, there is a responsibility to recontact genetic and genomic research participants when new findings emerge that suggest their genetic information should be interpreted differently, which would allow participants to benefit from current genomics advances.

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Plants Grow Less in Hotter Temperatures
News   Apr 05, 2019

A new study led by scientists at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) reports in eLife that two transcription factors, ANAC044 and ANAC085, are critical for this response in the flowering plant Arabidopsis.

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Beauty May Not Lie in the Eye of the Beholder – It May Lie in Genetics
News   Apr 04, 2019

Why do we find certain faces "beautiful" and certain faces not? A new study suggests that specific genetic variants may be linked to individuals that are viewed as more "beautiful", and that these variants differ between the sexes.

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Organism With Chlorophyll Genes That Doesn’t Photosynthesize May Help Protect Coral Reefs
News   Apr 04, 2019

For the first time scientists have found an organism that can produce chlorophyll but does not engage in photosynthesis. The peculiar organism is dubbed 'corallicolid' because it is found in 70 per cent of corals around the world and may provide clues as to how to protect coral reefs in the future.

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World First: Targeted Labeling of Proteins With Ubiquitin
News   Apr 04, 2019

Human cells have a sophisticated regulatory system at their disposal: labeling proteins with the small molecule ubiquitin. In a first, researchers have succeeded in marking proteins with ubiquitin in a targeted manner, in test tubes as well as in living cells.

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