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bacteria

Chemical Coatings Boss Around Bacteria, in the Bugs’ Own Language

The new technology, reported May 22 in Nature Microbiology, contains the very same sorts of biomolecules that microbes release naturally for communicating and coordinating...
worms

Study of Worms Reveals ‘Selfish Genes’ That Encode a Toxin –...

Findings A UCLA study has found that a common strain of Caenorhabditis elegans — a type of roundworm frequently used in laboratory research on neural development...
bacteria

UC San Diego Biologists Discover Timesharing Strategy in Bacteria

Timesharing, researchers have found, isn’t only for vacation properties. While the idea of splitting getaway condos in exotic destinations among various owners has been popular...
cancer

New Cancer Drug Targets Cellular Garbage Disposal

The genomes of cancer cells—cells that do not obey signals to stop reproducing—are riddled with genetic mutations, causing them inadvertently to make many dysfunctional...
Parkinson’s

Failure in Recycling Cellular Membrane May Be a Trigger of Parkinson’s

A genetic mutation found in patients with early-onset Parkinson’s disease has been used to create a mouse model of the disease. The advance adds...
regeneration

Our Closest Worm Kin Regrow Body Parts, Raising Hopes of Regeneration...

What if humans could regrow an amputated arm or leg, or completely restore nervous system function after a spinal cord injury? A new study of...
slimy biofilm fortress

Scientists Get Their First Look into How Bacteria Construct a Slimy...

Princeton researchers have for the first time revealed the mechanics of how bacteria build up slimy masses, called biofilms, cell by cell. When encased...
Heart Disease

Promising Drug Leads Identified to Combat Heart Disease

Using a unique computational approach to rapidly sample, in millisecond time intervals, proteins in their natural state of gyrating, bobbing, and weaving, a research...
Zika virus

Zika Virus May Persist in the Vagina Days after Infection

The Zika virus reproduces in the vaginal tissue of pregnant mice several days after infection, according to a study by Yale researchers. From the...
glioblastoma brain tumors, Chemotherapy Drugs, Cell Signaling

Duke Team Identifies New ‘Mega-Complex’ Involved in Cell Signaling

Duke Health-led researchers have discovered new information about the signaling mechanism of cells that could one day help guide development of more specific drug...
common cold

Warmer Body Temp Puts the Heat on the Common Cold

A new Yale study reveals how body temperature affects the immune system’s response to the common cold virus. The research, published by the Proceedings...
gut microbes

Study reveals how altered gut microbes cause obesity

Obesity is linked to changes in our gut microbes — the trillions of tiny organisms that inhabit our intestines. But the mechanism has not...
constipation

Constipation: Study finds surprising cause

A Yale-led study has shown a surprising link between constipation and herpes infection. The finding, published June 8 in Cell Host & Microbe, advances the...
immune response

Yale study suggests that immune response to flu causes death in...

A new Yale-led study suggests that death from influenza virus in older people may be primarily caused by a damaging immune response to flu...
gene expression

RNA modification discovery suggests new code for control of gene expression

A new cellular signal discovered by a team of scientists at the University of Chicago and Tel Aviv University provides a promising new lever in the control of gene expression.
video

How bacterial communication ‘goes with the flow’ in causing infection, blockage

Researchers at Princeton University explored the effect of fluid flow on bacterial communication, or quorum sensing, which the single-celled organisms use when blocking pathways...
video

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing: check three times, cut once

Jennifer Doudna explains how CRISPR-Cas9 works. Roxanne Makasdjian, Stephen McNally video. Two new studies from the UC Berkeley should give scientists who use CRISPR-Cas9 for...

New mathematical method reveals structure in neural activity in the brain

A newly-developed mathematical method can detect geometric structure in neural activity in the brain. "Previously, in order to understand this structure, scientists needed to...

Tasting light

Human taste receptors are specialized to distinguish several distinct compounds: sugars taste sweet, salts taste salty, and acidic compounds taste sour. Now a new...

Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at the cellular level

UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same...