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biological sensor

Sensor Strategy a Boon for Synthetic Biology

Rice University scientists who say biological sensors aren’t sensitive enough are doing something about it. The lab of synthetic biologist Jeffrey Tabor has introduced a new technique...
deep learning

Deep Learning: A Superhuman Way to Look at Cells

It’s harder than you might think to look at a microscope image of an untreated cell and identify its features. To make cell characteristics...
Fission Yeast Genes

Cure for Fission Yeast Genes Could Have Bigger Things Ahead

Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have taken one step closer towards potential cures for several human genetic...
Droughts

Droughts Mean Fewer Flowers for Bees

Droughts are expected to become more common and more intense in many parts of the world, and researchers studied the impact on flowering plants...
Cancer-Fighting T Cells

New Compound Helps Activate Cancer-Fighting T Cells

Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are powerful weapons our body’s immune systems count on to fight infection and combat diseases like cancer, multiple...
Bacteria and fungi

Bacteria and Fungi Play Key Roles in Social Insect Colonies

A line of worker ants returning to their nest carrying pieces of plants up to 100 times their own body weight is a scene...
gene computational tool

UCLA Scientists Merge Statistics, Biology to Produce Important New Gene Computational...

The cells in our bodies express themselves in different ways. One cell might put a chunk of genetic code to work, while another cell...
heavy metals

Pollution by Heavy Metals Reaches Remote Islands

Billions of tons of heavy metals are emitted annually by factory smokestacks and sewers. These elements are harmful to living beings and damage the...
Pulmonary Hypertension

Johns Hopkins Investigators Unravel Biological Roots of Pulmonary Hypertension

Working with cells that line the innermost layer of the blood vessels, Johns Hopkins investigators say they have made a leap forward in understanding...
biofuels

Sewage Sludge Leads to Biofuels Breakthrough

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that...
bee-friendly pesticides

Breakthrough Could Aid Development of Bee-Friendly Pesticides

A joint study by the University of Exeter, Rothamsted Research and Bayer AG has discovered the enzymes in honeybees and bumblebees that determine how...
metabolic syndrome

Study Reinforces Link Between Lack of Vitamin D and Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers at São Paulo State University’s Botucatu Medical School (FMB-UNESP) in Brazil have found a strong association between vitamin D deficiency and metabolic syndrome...
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Predicting the Impact of Global Warming on Disease Proliferation

Scientists have devised a method for predicting how rising global temperatures are likely to affect the severity of diseases mediated by parasites. Their method...
nerve cells

Biological Sex Tweaks Nervous System Networks, Plays Role in Shaping Behavior

New research published today in the journal Current Biologydemonstrates how biological sex can modify communication between nerve cells and generate different responses in males and...
sepsis

A New Model for an Old Killer

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body’s response to infection damages its own tissues and organs, leading to organ failure. It kills millions...
Drug-producing bacteria

Drug-Producing Bacteria Possible with Synthetic Biology Breakthrough

Bacteria could be programmed to produce drugs, thanks to breakthrough research into synthetic biology from the Universities of Warwick and Surrey Researchers develop unique...
gene therapy

Bioengineering Team’s ‘Circuit’ Work May Benefit Gene Therapy

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have designed genetic “circuits” out of living cellular material in order to gain a better understanding...
brain's electrical activity

Seeing the Brain’s Electrical Activity

Neurons in the brain communicate via rapid electrical impulses that allow the brain to coordinate behavior, sensation, thoughts, and emotion. Scientists who want to...
cardiovascular diseases

Biology, Geometry Unite to Thwart Common Cardiovascular Diseases

When cardiovascular disease causes blocked blood vessels, tissues die because the oxygen carried by blood cells cannot reach the tissue. Tissue starved of oxygen...
brain signal

Scientists Discover a Brain Signal That Indicates If Speech Has Been...

Neuroscientists from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Rochester have identified a specific brain signal associated with the conversion of speech into understanding....