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Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:18:48 EDT
CRISPR screen identifies gene that helps cells resist West Nile, Zika viruses
Researchers now report the first use of CRISPR genome-wide screening to identify a gene that helps cells resist flavivirus infection.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:36:12 EDT
Newly discovered enzyme is 'firing pin' for plant immunity
Just like humans, plants have an immune system that helps them fight off infections. Researchers have now identified a key step in how plant cells respond to pathogens -- a family of kinase enzymes that activate the enzymes that make reactive oxygen.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:16:15 EDT
Mapping vast unknown territory of long non-coding RNA
Scientists have developed a powerful method for exploring the properties of mysterious molecules called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), some of which have big roles in cancer and other serious conditions.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:16:09 EDT
Gene therapy via skin protects mice from lethal cocaine doses
A new study shows that skin stem cells, modified via CRISPR and transplanted back to donor mice, can protect addicted mice from cocaine-seeking and overdose.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:15:45 EDT
Machine learning technique to predict human cell organization
Scientists have used machine learning to train computers to see parts of the cell the human eye cannot easily distinguish.
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:15:27 EDT
How plants harness microbes to get nutrients
Scientists have discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:14:19 EDT
How cells handle a sticky, toxic, but absolutely essential molecule
A team of researchers has solved a long-standing puzzle by identifying the protein that 'chaperones' free heme in cells.
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:04:02 EDT
Viruses under the microscope
Human herpesviruses such as HHV-6 can remain dormant in cells for many years without being noticed. When reactivated, they can cause serious clinical conditions. Researchers have now found a way of differentiating between active and inactive viruses.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:20:46 EDT
A very special protein synthesis machinery
Sleeping sickness-causing parasites contain an unusual protein synthesis machinery. A team of researchers has resolved its very special structure for the first time.
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:20:33 EDT
High-resolution genomic map gives scientists unprecedented view of brain development
Researchers have created a massive database of the changes in gene activity of individual cells in the cerebellum during embryonic development and immediately after birth. The analysis of thousands of brain cells isolated from mice offers researchers a high-resolution map that enables scientists to view the detailed genomic changes cells undergo as the cerebellum wires its neural circuitry.
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