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Magnesium Contributes to Protein Switching Mechanism
Magnesium Contributes to Protein Switching Mechanism
News   Jan 17, 2017

Using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and computer simulation, researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have gained new insights into the workings of protein switches.

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Epigenetic Modification Linked to Throat Cancer
Epigenetic Modification Linked to Throat Cancer
News   Jan 17, 2017

Discovery could improve care for around 15% of adult head and neck cancer patients.

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Yeast Programmed to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils
Yeast Programmed to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils
News   Jan 17, 2017

MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel

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New Urine Test Quickly Detects Whether a Person Has a Healthy Diet
New Urine Test Quickly Detects Whether a Person Has a Healthy Diet
News   Jan 13, 2017

Scientists have developed a urine test that measures the health of a person's diet. The five-minute test measures biological markers in urine created by the breakdown of foods such as red meat, chicken, fish and fruit and vegetables.

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Metabolic Proteins Relocate to Jump-Start an Embryo’s Genome
Metabolic Proteins Relocate to Jump-Start an Embryo’s Genome
News   Jan 13, 2017

To turn on its genome a mammalian embryo needs to relocate a group of proteins, researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have discovered.

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New Theory for Explaining the Function of Proteins
New Theory for Explaining the Function of Proteins
News   Jan 13, 2017

A University of Arkansas chemist and his collaborator at North Carolina State University have developed a new theory for explaining how proteins and other biomolecules function based on movement and change of shape and structure rather than content.

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Researchers Shed New Light on the Functioning of Human Gut Bacteria
Researchers Shed New Light on the Functioning of Human Gut Bacteria
News   Jan 13, 2017

Researchers shed new light on the functioning of human gut bacteria, revealing how nutrients are transported into the bacterial cell. The researchers, led by Professor Bert van den Berg and Dr. David Bolam from the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University and with support from collaborators at Jacobs University Bremen, report on their findings today in Nature.

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Epigenetic Markers Influenced by Culture, Environment
Epigenetic Markers Influenced by Culture, Environment
News   Jan 12, 2017

UCSF researchers have genetic signatures that appear to reflect an ethnic groups' shared culture and environment.

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Researchers in Japan Have Discovered an Enzyme That Can Prevent Obesity in Mice
Researchers in Japan Have Discovered an Enzyme That Can Prevent Obesity in Mice
News   Jan 12, 2017

Researchers at the RIKEN-Max Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical Biology in Japan have discovered an enzyme that can prevent obesity in mice.

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Protein Central to Immune Response Against Tuberculosis Bacteria Identified
Protein central to immune response against tuberculosis bacteria
News   Jan 12, 2017

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a protein that is central to the immune system’s ability to recognize and destroy the bacterium responsible for the global tuberculosis epidemic.

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