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Using gene scissors to specifically eliminate individual cell types

With the help of the CRISPR/Cas molecular scissors, genetic information in a plant can be modified to make the latter more robust to pests, diseases, or extreme climatic conditions. Researchers have now developed this method further to eliminate the complete DNA of specific cell types and, thus, prevent their formation during plant development.

Apr 4th, 2022

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New software to help discover valuable compounds

The Metaboseek app streamlines the analysis of comparative metabolomics data by helping the researcher determine which data features are real and letting them dig deeper into those features - all within the same tool.

Mar 29th, 2022

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Fixing spinal cord injuries with 'dancing molecules'

For decades, scientists have looked for an effective treatment for spinal cord injuries, often with little success. Now, new research has resulted in a game-changing innovation: an injection that uses ?'dancing molecules' to repair spinal tissue and reverse paralysis.

Mar 25th, 2022

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New insight into the possible origins of life

Researchers have for the first time been able to create an RNA molecule that replicates, diversifies and develops complexity, following Darwinian evolution. This has provided the first empirical evidence that simple biological molecules can lead to the emergence of complex lifelike systems.

Mar 18th, 2022

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Lung tissue from the lab

An international research team has found a simple method for growing lung tissue in the lab. These organoids could be used in diagnosis, drug development, and fundamental research.

Mar 18th, 2022

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Gene regulation at its brightest

Scientists have developed a virus-based approach for measuring variations in gene regulatory elements, called transcription factors, as conditions change in live organisms.

Mar 18th, 2022

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Inhalable aerogel triggers immunity to COVID-19 in mice, may block transmission

An inhalable aerogel loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice. The scientists said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Mar 16th, 2022

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