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Researchers create 'Wikipedia' for neurons (w/video)

The decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the brain is astounding. To help scientists make sense of this 'brain big data', researchers have used data mining to create http://www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2015

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How DNA alarm-system works

Researcher managed to clarify how DNA damage signaling works. The DNA molecule is chemically unstable giving rise to DNA lesions. That is why DNA damage detection, signaling and repair, collectively known as the DNA damage response, are needed. DNA repair consists of enzymes which find the damaged DNA and repair it. Some of them recognize the damaged bases and give signals to the other enzymes, which repair the DNA.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2015

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Report: Photosynthesis hack needed to feed the world by 2050

Using high-performance computing and genetic engineering to boost the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields enough to feed a planet expected to have 9.5 billion people on it by 2050, researchers report in a new study.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2015

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From blue pill to blue light

Researchers have developed a novel biotechnological solution for erectile dysfunction: a gene therapy that triggers reliable erections.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2015

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Improved understanding of protein complex offers insight into DNA replication initiation mechanism basics

A clearer understanding of the origin recognition complex (ORC) - a protein complex that directs DNA replication - through its crystal structure offers new insight into fundamental mechanisms of DNA replication initiation. This will also provide insight into how ORC may be compromised in a subset of patients with Meier-Gorlin syndrome, a form of dwarfism in humans.

Posted: Mar 18th, 2015

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