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Pitcher plants

Duplicated Genomes Helped Carnivorous Plant Acquire Its Signature Trap

Pitcher plants capture insects using their pitcher-shaped leaves, the bottom of which are filled with digestive fluids that drown and eventually break down prey. A study has found that the specialized pitcher trap of the Asian pitcher plant may have been promoted by polyploidy.
A blue and pink drug capsule on a blue background.

Promising Drug Candidate May Overcome Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have developed a promising new drug candidate, EAI-432, to treat drug-resistant non-small cell lung cancers.
Broccoli florets in a green strainer.

Leafy Greens May Lower Bowel Cancer Risk, Large Study Says

The findings of a new study suggest that increasing the intake of folate – which can be found in leafy greens, such as spinach, cabbage and broccoli – could help to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by up to 7%.
Three cancer cells adhered to a surface

Gene Therapy Shrinks Liver Cancer in Mice

According to research, inhibiting the galectin 1 protein, which is often over-expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using gene therapy can shrink HCC and increase the number of killer T cells inside tumors in mice.
A bowl of beans.

Beans Boost Gut Health in Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Incorporating navy beans into the diet of colorectal cancer patients may boost gut health and the health of the patient by modulating obesity and disease-linked markers.
A field of maize plants.

Genetics Study Reveals Mexican Roots of Maize

The origins of maize have been debated for over a century. New research reveals all modern maize descends from a hybrid created over 5000 years ago in Mexico.
Bacteria bloom on a petri dish.

Efficient Study of Pathogens With Organ-Infused Agar

Organ-infused agar could be used to more efficiently study bacteria that cause organ-specific infections, like UTIs.
An Anthrobot is shown, depth colored, with a corona of cilia that provides locomotion for the bot. Credit: Gizem Gumuskaya, Tufts University

Human Cell “Biobots” Encourage Neuron Regrowth in Lab Dishes

Made from human cells, researchers have created tiny biological robots – called Anthrobots – that can move across surfaces and even encourage regrowth in damaged regions in dishes of lab-grown neurons.
A bowl of vegan food.

Identical Twin Study Found That a Vegan Diet Improves Cardiovascular Health

In a study with 22 pairs of identical twins, Stanford Medicine researchers and their colleagues have found that a vegan diet improves cardiovascular health in as little as eight weeks.
Single stranded RNA.

How Does RNA Impact Fear-Related Learning and Memory?

Researchers from UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute have discovered a new way ribonucleic acid (RNA) impacts fear-related learning and memory. This is an exciting example of RNA’s role in fine-tuning the cellular functions in the brain.