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May 20, 2019

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Long associated with decreased risk of cancer, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables -- the family of plants that also ... read more
Researchers have uncovered a specialized population of skin cells that coordinate tail regeneration in frogs. These 'Regeneration-Organizing Cells' help to explain one of the ... read more

Revision to Common View on How Retinal Cells in Mammals Process Light

Scientists say that new experiments with mouse eye tissues strongly suggest that a longstanding 'textbook concept' about the way a mammal's retina processes light needs a ... read more

Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time -- a breakthrough that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer ... read more
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Cell Polarity: An Aurora Over the Pole

Recent research has identified the master switch that triggers the symmetry breaking process in the zygotes of the nematode worm, Caenorhabditis ... read more

What Artificial Intelligence Can Teach Us About Proteins

Proteins are vital parts of all living organisms and perform essential tasks in our bodies. They build and repair tissues, supply components of the immune and hormone systems, regulate metabolism, ... read more

Rice Blast Fungus Study Sheds New Light on Virulence Mechanisms of Plant Pathogenic Fungi

Researchers examined the fungal cell biology of rice blast fungus pathogenesis and recently published the first systematic and comprehensive report on the molecular mechanism of the actin-binding ... read more

How Proteins Help Influenza A Bind and Slice Its Way to Cells

Researchers have provided new insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus particles fight their way to human ... read more

Early in Vitro Testing for Adverse Effects on Embryos

Researchers have combined embryonic cells and liver cells in a new cell culture test. This combination lets them detect adverse effects that new medications may have on embryos early on in the drug ... read more

New Method Enables 'Photographing' of Enzymes

Scientists have developed a method with which an enzyme at work can be 'photographed'. Their method makes it possible to better understand the function of important biomolecules. The ... read more

Dead Zones in Circadian Clocks

Circadian clocks of organisms respond to light signals during night but do not respond in daytime. The time window where circadian clocks are insensitive to light signals is referred to as the ... read more

Parents Unknown: Mysterious Larvae Found in Panama's Two Oceans

Animals in hard-to-reach places, especially strange, 'unattractive,' animals, may completely escape our attention. We don't know what their role is in the environment. In fact, we ... read more

A research team has developed an approach to co-culture a complex human gut microbiome in direct contact with intestinal tissue for at least five days using 'organ-on-a-chip' (Organ Chip) ... read more

Research uncovers key mechanism that allows some of the deadliest human RNA viruses to orchestrate the precise copying of the individual pieces of their viral genome and replicate. The findings ... read more

Collagen Fibers Grow Like a Sunflower

Researchers have examined the patterns developed by collagen fibers, found in the tissues of virtually all animals. What is fascinating about the process is that one step in the fibers' ... read more

Do you find that most store-bought tomatoes don't have much flavor? Scientists may have spotlighted the solution by developing the tomato pan-genome, mapping almost 5,000 previously undocumented ... read more

Turning Off Growth to Make Flowers Grow

Researchers report the final epigenetic events that terminate stem cell growth for proper flower development. They show the series of steps the binding of the transcription factor KNUCKLES initiates ... read more

Understanding Relationship Break-Ups to Protect the Reef

Unravelling the secrets of the relationship between coral and the algae living inside it will help prevent coral bleaching, researchers believe. By using genomic data to look for genes that enhance ... read more

New Efficient Way to Engineer Nanostructures Mimicking Natural Immune Response Complexes

Scientists yield novel method to engineer large multi-antibody-like nanostructures using DNA nanotechnology. The results demonstrate the potential for assembly of multiple proteins and also other ... read more

Scientists have studied potential cancer suppression mechanisms in cetaceans, the mammalian group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Biologists picked apart the genome of the humpback ... read more

Peering Into the Past, Scientists Discover Bacteria Transformed a Viral Threat to Survive

A study reports the first known evidence of bacteria stealing genetic material from their own worst enemy, bacteriophages, and transforming it to ... read more

How the Dengue Virus Replicates in Infected Cells

The nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) of the dengue virus interacts with another viral protein called NS4A-2K-4B to enable viral replication, according to a new ... read more

Egg Yolk Precursor Protein Regulates Mosquitoes' Attraction to Humans

Feeding mosquitoes sugar makes them less attracted to humans, a response that is regulated by the protein vitellogenin, according to a new ... read more

Painting a Fuller Picture of How Antibiotics Kill

Researchers have used machine-learning algorithms to discover a secondary mechanism that helps some antibiotics kill bacteria. This mechanism involves disrupting bacterial metabolism of nucleotides ... read more

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