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Unlocking the secrets of gene expression

Using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), scientists have made a significant breakthrough in our understanding of how our molecular machinery finds the right DNA to copy, showing with unprecedented detail the role of a powerhouse transcription factor known as TFIID.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2016

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Sidling up to natural killers

A technique to generate antibodies that can help strengthen natural immune responses to cancer and leukemia has been developed.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2016

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3-D technology enriches human nerve cells for transplant to brain

Scientists have developed a 3D micro-scaffold technology that promotes reprogramming of stem cells into neurons, and supports growth of neuronal connections capable of transmitting electrical signals. The injection of these networks of functioning human neural cells - compared to injecting individual cells - dramatically improved their survival following transplantation into mouse brains.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2016

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Spongy material helps repair the spine (w/video)

Remember those colorful 'grow capsules' that blossom into animal-shaped sponges in water? Using a similar idea, scientists have developed biodegradable polymer grafts that, when surgically placed in damaged vertebrae, should grow to be just the right size and shape to fix the spinal column.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2016

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Research team documents design of wood-based polymers

Researchers recently demonstrated the design of softwood lignin-based polymers with potential application as alternatives to petroleum-based polystyrene. These softwood materials can be obtained from sources such as pine, cedar, spruce, and cypress trees.

Posted: Mar 8th, 2016

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