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Metabolic Enzyme Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment Target
News   Apr 04, 2019

Researchers have demystified a metabolic enzyme that could be the next major molecular target in cancer treatment.

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Protect Your Canine Friends From Cancer With Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements
News   Apr 04, 2019

Dogs that receive omega-3 fatty acid supplements or have hypothyroidism may be less likely to develop T-zone lymphoma (TZL).

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A Personalized Microfluidic Model for Kidney Cancer Drug Screening
News   Apr 04, 2019

One way to treat the most common type of kidney cancer is to use anti-angiogenic drugs to cut off the blood supply to the tumors, but patients respond differently to the drugs, and choosing the wrong one can make the cancer grow faster.

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Building With DNA “Lego”
News   Apr 03, 2019

Scientists have created a three-dimensional cage from both protein and DNA building blocks through the use of covalent protein-DNA conjugates.

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Cellular Protein “Gas Pump Attendant” of Cancer Development
News   Apr 02, 2019

In a new study, researchers use an analogy to explain how transcription factors function: reading of genes is like a train ride. The cellular machinery that reads the genetic information sets off like a train at the beginning of a gene, and only when the train reaches its final destination, the end of the gene, can it produce the corresponding protein.

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To Infinity and Beyond: Proteins May Be Heading Into Space
News   Apr 02, 2019

Today, scientists report a new method that takes advantage of engineered bacteria to produce spider silk and other difficult-to-make proteins that could be useful during future space missions.

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Potential Marker of Preterm Babies at Risk of Cerebral Palsy
News   Apr 01, 2019

Preterm babies born without haptoglobin, a protein in blood cells, have higher odds of brain bleeding, cerebral palsy and death.

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Supercomputers Help Supercharge Jellyfish Proteins
News   Apr 01, 2019

Using supercomputers, scientists are designing proteins that self-assemble to combine and resemble life-giving molecules like hemoglobin. The scientists say their methods could be applied to useful technologies such as pharmaceutical targeting and artificial energy harvesting. Using jellyfish proteins, the scientists were able to assemble a complex sixteen protein structure composed of two stacked octamers.

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What’s in This Plant? Automated System Helps Find Potential Drugs
News   Mar 29, 2019

Researchers have developed a new computational mass-spectrometry system for identifying metabolomes (entire sets of metabolites for different living organisms). When the new method was tested on select tissues from 12 plants species, it was able to note over a thousand metabolites. Among them were dozens that had never been found before, including those with antibiotic and anti-cancer potential.

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Pick and Choose Your Cell Function With Designer Organelles
News   Mar 29, 2019

For the first time, scientists have engineered the complex biological process of translation into a designer organelle in a living mammalian cell.

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