7 Days in Science – October 18, 2019
List Oct 18, 2019
DNA Fracturing Causes Rewiring of Genes in Cancer
A new study has brought attention to genomic structural variation as a previously unappreciated mechanism involved in altering DNA methylation, a form of gene control, in human cancers.
Published in: Genome Biology
Time To Say Goodbye… to the “Household Measure” BMI?
A new study sees an international collaboration of academia and industry experts introduce a novel "revolutionary" approach towards personalized and precision biomedicine: A "molecular lipidomics BMI".
Published in: PLOS Biology
Glowing Particles in the Blood May Help Diagnose and Monitor Brain Cancer
A chemical that has improved surgeries for brain cancer by making tumor cells fluorescent may also help doctors safely diagnose the disease and monitor its response to treatment, according to a new study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Published in: EBioMedicine
Noise Pollution Harmful to Birds Too
Noise pollution is one of the leading environmental health risks in humans. In zebra finches, traffic noise negatively affects their health and the growth of their offspring too.
Published in: Conservation Physiology
Mouse Study Can Explain How the Brain Turns Pain Up or Down
A new study in mice has uncovered a previously unknown role that the central amygdala can play in upgrading or downgrading pain signals in the brain’s circuitry.
Published in: Cell Reports
A receptor (drug target) can shift from a single subunit to a multi-structure in the presence of a ligand (drug compound) – a process known as "oligomerization". Now, using photon excitation microscopy, researchers report that they can uncover the various protein receptor oligomers formed in the absence or presence of different drug candidates that bind to them.
Kicking off Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, Professor Francisco Mojica, or "Francis", takes us on a journey back to the original research that, despite being deemed "crazy" by members of the scientific community at the time, led to the CRISPR revolution.
This differential interference contrast image shows a rotifer (Floscularia ringens) feeding by rapidly beating its cilia (hair-like structures) to bring water containing food towards it. The tube that it resides in is a self-built protective shelter that it retreats into when needed.
Credit: Cell Image Library
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