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Breakthrough: Sensors monitor cells at work

Transport proteins are responsible for moving materials such as nutrients and metabolic products through a cell's outer membrane, which seals and protects all living cells, to the cell's interior. A team has now developed a groundbreaking new way to measure the activity of transporter proteins in living organisms.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2013

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Biomedical research revealing secrets of cell behavior

Knowing virtually everything about how the body's cells make transitions from one state to another - for instance, precisely how particular cells develop into multi-cellular organisms - would be a major jump forward in understanding the basics of what drives biological processes.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2013

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3-D genomics shape up

New studies detail breakthroughs in his research on protein-DNA recognition. The findings may have profound implications for furthering research into cancer and other genetically based diseases.

Posted: Jun 28th, 2013

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Researchers develop powerful new technique to study protein function

The advance should allow deeper insights into protein function, Chase says, "because we can only get a true understanding of what that single protein does when we isolate its function." There was no tool to do this. Cover art uses a worm jigsaw puzzle to illustrate how knockdown strategies have evolved to achieve more cell-type specificity, culminating in the new approach, which can restrict knockdown to a single cell type.

Posted: Jun 19th, 2013

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Inventor patents anti-cholesterol formula

Senior Brandeis research scientist Daniel Perlman has discovered a way to make phytosterol molecules from plants dispersible in beverages and foods that are consumed by humans, potentially opening the way to dramatic reductions in human cholesterol levels.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2013

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