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Purdue researchers successfully target ‘Achilles’ heel’ of MERS virus

A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an...

Returning killer T cells back to barracks could improve vaccines

Just as militaries need to have trained, experienced soldiers ready for future wars, making sure that the immune system has enough battle-ready T cells...

Improved understanding of protein complex offers insight into DNA replication initiation...

A clearer understanding of the origin recognition complex (ORC) – a protein complex that directs DNA replication – through its crystal structure offers new...

Researchers identify a new trigger of cellular self-destruction

Researchers have identified a bacterial protein that triggers a self-inflicted cell death pathway in immune system cells and could lead to a better understanding...

Stanford researchers unravel secrets of shape-shifting bacteria

Six decades ago, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Joshua Lederberg observed how bacteria could essentially go undercover in ways that might trick the human immune system....

Tetanus Shot Improves Patient Survival With Brain Tumor Immunotherapy

An innovative approach using a tetanus booster to prime the immune system enhances the effect of a vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors, dramatically...

Unique Proteins Found in Heat-Loving Organisms Bind Well to Plant Matter

Unique proteins newly discovered in heat-loving bacteria are more than capable of attaching themselves to plant cellulose, possibly paving the way for more efficient...

Between Micro and Macro, Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Model Fluids at the...

The little-known field of fluctuating hydrodynamics could have enormous impacts in applications ranging from batteries to drug delivery to microfluidic devices.

Cancer’s Disposal System: Target for a Cure?

Proteins catalyze all metabolic reactions in cells.  Others turn genes on and off, control the cell’s response to stress, or determine the pace of...

Permafrost’s turn of the microbes

  As the Arctic warms, tons of carbon locked away in Arctic tundra will be transformed into the powerful greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane,...

Stanford scientists discover a protein’s novel role in several types of...

  Stanford researchers' hunt for genetic activity in pancreatic tumors may lead to a new cancer therapy. A protein found in pancreatic tumors may lead to...

3-D Engineered Bone Marrow Makes Functioning Platelets

  A team led by researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering and the University of Pavia has reported development of the first three-dimensional tissue...

An extra protein gives naked mole rats more power to stop...

A protein newly found in the naked mole rat may help explain its unique ability to ward off cancer. The protein is associated with a...

Bacterial Armor Holds Clues for Self-Assembling Nanostructures

Imagine thousands of copies of a single protein organizing into a coat of chainmail armor that protects the wearer from harsh and ever-changing environmental...

Diamonds could help bring proteins into focus

Proteins are the building blocks of all living things, and they exist in virtually unlimited varieties, most of whose highly complex structures have not...

Study Suggests Drug Side Effects Inevitable; Basic Physics Enabled Early Biochemistry

A new study of both computer-created and natural proteins suggests that the number of unique pockets – sites where small molecule pharmaceutical compounds can...

Scientists identify new mechanism to aid cells under stress

A team of biologists from NYU and Harvard has identified new details in a cellular mechanism that serves as a defense against stress. The...

Genetically Engineered Antibodies Show Enhanced HIV-Fighting Abilities

  Capitalizing on a new insight into HIV's strategy for evading antibodies—proteins produced by the immune system to identify and wipe out invading objects such...

Stanford bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

By selectively manipulating how DNA issues biological commands, Stanford bioengineers have developed a tool that could prove useful in future gene therapies.

Soils could keep contaminants in wastewater from reaching groundwater, streams

With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study...