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Enzyme controls transport of genomic building blocks

Our DNA and its architecture are duplicated every time our cells divide. Histone proteins are key building blocks of this architecture and contain gene regulatory information. Danish researchers show how an enzyme controls reliable and high-speed delivery of histones to DNA copying hubs in our cells. This shuttling mechanism is crucial to maintain normal function of our genes and prevent diseases as cancer.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2014

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New molecules doom proteins with kiss of death

Like mobsters following strict orders, newly engineered molecules called 'ubiquibodies' can mark specific proteins inside a cell for destruction. It's a molecular kiss of death developed at Cornell University that is paving the way for new drug therapies and powerful research tools.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2014

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World's largest antibody search engine

An internet service which allows scientists to find antibodies for use in their research is now the largest antibody search engine in a $2billion industry, and ranked number one by Google.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2014

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A bird's eye view of cellular RNAs (w/video)

Researchers have developed a new method that allows scientists to pinpoint thousands of mRNAs and other types of RNAs at once in intact cells - all while determining the sequence of letters, or bases, that identify them and reveal what they do.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014

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Researchers X-ray living cancer cells

At Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron's PETRA III research light source, scientists have carried out the first studies of living biological cells using high-energy X-rays. The new method for the first time enables us to investigate the internal structures of living cells in their natural environment using hard X-rays.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014

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Peptides imaged in unprecedented detail

Chemists from Radboud University Nijmegen and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) have succeeded in producing detailed 3D structures of selected peptides - the building blocks of proteins.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014

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Artificial muscles that do the twist

Researchers demonstrate a new material's potential by using it to replicate the biological motion of the heart, and also developed a matching 3D computer model of it.

Posted: Feb 26th, 2014

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Watching how the brain works

For the first time, a group of scientists has been able to observe intact interactions between proteins, directly in the brain of a live animal.

Posted: Feb 24th, 2014

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Scientists transform skin cells into functioning liver cells

Scientists have made an important breakthrough: they have discovered a way to transform skin cells into mature, fully functioning liver cells that flourish on their own, even after being transplanted into laboratory animals modified to mimic liver failure.

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2014

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An essential step toward printing living tissues (w/video)

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences creates intricately patterned 3-D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work represents a major step toward a longstanding goal of tissue engineers: creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2014

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