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Twinkling Stars or DNA?
News   Apr 15, 2019

An imaging technique could make it possible to peer inside cells and watch dozens of different molecules in action at once -- by labeling them with short strands of light-up DNA that blink on and off with their own unique rhythm.

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Bacteria and Insects Can Control Ice Formation
News   Apr 15, 2019

Key proteins produced in bacteria and insects can promote or inhibit ice formation, based on their length and ability to team up to form large ice-binding surfaces.

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Fish Get Stressed Too
News   Apr 12, 2019

Biologists have discovered that long non-coding RNA regulates seasonal changes in stress response in medaka fish.

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"Hit-and-run" Interaction May Trigger Cell Death
News   Apr 10, 2019

A ‘hit-and-run’ interaction between two proteins could be an important trigger for cell death.

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Blood Test for Endometriosis Detects up to 9 in 10 Cases
News   Apr 10, 2019

A pioneering blood test that can detect up to 90% of cases of endometriosis looks for tiny DNA fragments in the blood, and could spare women needing to undergo keyhole surgery to diagnose the condition.

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Pearly White Smiles May Come With a Cost
News   Apr 10, 2019

Americans spend more than a billion dollars on teeth whitening products each year. Although these products can make smiles brighter, new research shows that they might also be causing tooth damage.

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Early Colon Cancer Correlated With Four Biomarkers
News   Apr 09, 2019

Four protein markers associated with the pre-cancerous forms of colon cancer may serve as useful biomarkers.

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Just How Good Are Protein Disorder Prediction Programs?
News   Apr 08, 2019

Proteins with disordered regions may also be sticky, and clump together inside and between cells, and are directly implicated in a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, being able to identify disordered regions in proteins is highly important. Researchers have generated and validated a representative experimental benchmarking set of site-specific and continuous disorders, using deposited NMR chemical shift data for more than a hundred selected proteins.

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Unjamming the Genome After DNA Damage
News   Apr 08, 2019

A protein complex that is involved in nearly every step in the regulatory control of gene expression in cells has now been shown also to play a key role in clearing potential traffic jams in the production of RNA.

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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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