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      December 3, 2020

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      Scientists Discover Role of Protein in Detecting the Common Cold Virus

      The role of a protein in detecting the common cold virus and kickstarting an immune response to fight infection has been uncovered by a team of ...

      Tweaking Carotenoid Genes Helps Tomatoes Bring Their A-Game

      Researchers led by the University of Tsukuba demonstrated that Target-AID gene editing technology can be used to simultaneously introduce single-base changes into multiple genes in tomatoes. Using ...

      New Method Identifies Adaptive Mutations in Complex Evolving Populations

      A scientist has developed a method to study how HIV mutates to escape the immune system in multiple individuals, which could inform HIV vaccine ...

      HIV-Like Virus Edited out of Primate Genome

      Taking a major step forward in HIV research, scientists have successfully edited SIV - a virus closely related to HIV, the cause of AIDS - from the genomes of non-human ...
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      CRISPR Tagging Improves Accuracy of Model Cells Grown from Stem Cells

      CRISPR tags are being used to identify all of the transcription factors necessary to turn a pluripotent stem cell into a suitable adult cell for research, and possible future cell therapies. An ...

      Plants on Aspirin

      For centuries humans were using willow barks to treat a headache or an inflamed tooth. Later, the active ingredient, the plant hormone salicylic acid, was used to develop painkillers like Aspirin. ...

      Microbiota Linked to Dynamics of Human Immune System

      Researchers have uncovered an important finding about the relationship between the microbiota and the immune system, showing for the first time that the concentration of different types of immune ...

      Small Molecules Control Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics

      Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine by providing effective treatments for infectious diseases such as cholera. But the pathogens that cause disease are increasingly developing resistance to the ...

      Scientists Discover a Motif That Guides Assembly of the Algal Pyrenoid

      Researchers have discovered that assembly of the algal pyrenoid, a structure that mediates the incorporation of carbon dioxide into sugars, is guided by the presence of a particular protein sequence, ...

      Plants: Scientists Solve the Mystery Behind an Enigmatic Organelle, the Pyrenoid

      Researchers have discovered how Rubisco holoenzymes assemble to form the fluid-like matrix of the algal pyrenoid, an organelle that mediates the incorporation of carbon dioxide into ...

      Researchers Uncover the Unique Way Stem Cells Protect Their Chromosome Ends

      Telomeres are specialized structures at the end of chromosomes which protect our DNA and ensure healthy division of cells. According to a new study, the mechanisms of telomere protection are ...

      Landmark Study Generates First Genomic Atlas for Global Wheat Improvement

      In a landmark discovery for global wheat production, a team has sequenced the genomes for 15 wheat varieties representing breeding programs around the world, enabling scientists and breeders to much ...

      New Insights Into How the CRISPR Immune System Evolved

      Although CRISPR-Cas has found many uses in biotechnology and medicine, it originates in nature, where it functions as a microbial immune system. Scientists shed new light on how CRISPR-Cas emerged ...

      New Plant-Based Gel to Fast-Track 'Mini-Organs' Growth, Improve Cancer Treatment

      Researchers have created the world's first bioactive plant-based nanocellulose hydrogel to support organoid growth for biomedical applications. This includes cancer development and ...

      Can We Harness a Plant's Ability to Synthesize Medicinal Compounds?

      Anthraquinones are a class of naturally occurring compounds prized for their medicinal properties, as well as for other applications, including ecologically friendly dyes. Despite wide interest, the ...

      Commonly Used Antibiotic Shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

      Researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline ...

      CRISPRi Screens Reveal Sources of Metabolic Robustness in E. Coli

      Metabolic robustness, the ability of a metabolic system to buffer changes in its environment, is not always a welcome feature for microbiologists: it interferes with metabolic engineering or prevents ...

      Enzymatic Photocaging for the Study of Gene Regulation Through DNA Methylation

      The addition and removal of methyl groups on DNA plays an important role in gene regulation. In order to study these mechanisms more precisely, a team has developed a new method by which specific ...

      World's First: Drug Guides Stem Cells to Desired Location, Improving Their Ability to Heal

      Scientists have created a drug that can lure stem cells to damaged tissue and improve treatment efficacy -- a scientific first and major advance for the field of regenerative ...

      Super-Resolution 'Street View' Microscopy Hits the SPOT

      An advanced technique called SPOT is giving researchers a opportunities to study the sophisticated world of lipid dynamics within ...

      Cutting Edge Technology to Bioprint Mini-Kidneys

      Researchers have used cutting edge technology to bioprint miniature human kidneys in the lab, paving the way for new treatments for kidney failure and possibly lab-grown ...

      Antimicrobial Soap Additive Worsens Fatty Liver Disease in Mice

      Triclosan, an antimicrobial found in many soaps and other household items, worsens fatty liver disease in mice fed a high-fat ...

      Genetics Behind Deadly Oat Blight

      A multi-institution team has identified the genetic mechanisms that enable the production of a deadly toxin called Victorin - the causal agent for Victoria blight of oats, a disease that wiped out ...

      Making Sense of a Universe of Corn Genetics

      A new study details the latest efforts to predict traits in corn based on genomics and data analytics. The data management technique could help to 'turbo charge' the seemingly endless ...

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