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Firefly BioWorks awards $120K in grants for microRNA Rresearch

Firefly BioWorks announced today the awarding of $120,000 in twelve research grants to scientists working to expand the frontiers of microRNA research. The Firefly Frontiers Grant is designed for scientists looking to profile large numbers of samples over multiple microRNA targets.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Decoding the structure of bone

MIT researchers decipher the molecular basis of bone's remarkable strength and resiliency; work could lead to new treatments and materials.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Moving cells with light holds medical promise

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown they can coax cells to move toward a beam of light. The feat is a first step toward manipulating cells to control insulin secretion or heart rate using light.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2013

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Researchers engineer 'protein switch' to dissect role of cancer's key players

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have 'rationally rewired' some of the cell's smallest components to create proteins that can be switched on or off by command. These 'protein switches' can be used to interrogate the inner workings of each cell, helping scientists uncover the molecular mechanisms of human health and disease.

Posted: Apr 10th, 2013

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Adult stem cells isolated from human intestinal tissue

The accomplishment provides a much-needed resource for scientists eager to uncover the true mechanisms of human stem cell biology. It also enables them to explore new tactics to treat inflammatory bowel disease or to ameliorate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, which often damage the gut.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2013

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Building better blood vessels could advance tissue engineering

One of the major obstacles to growing new organs _ replacement hearts, lungs and kidneys _ is the difficulty researchers face in building blood vessels that keep the tissues alive, but new findings from the University of Michigan could help overcome this roadblock.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2013

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