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January 20, 2019

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January 20, 2019

Killer Blows? Knockout Study of Pair of Mouse MicroRNA Provides Cancer Insight

Jan. 18, 2019 — Researchers used knockout mouse models created by gene editing to reveal that the miRNA miR-146b, like miR-146a, is involved in the development of cancers, with them having similar but not identical ... read more

Researchers Race Against Extinction to Uncover Tree's Cancer-Fighting Properties

Jan. 17, 2019 — As the population of a fir tree in China dwindles, researchers are racing to replicate its cancer-fighting ... read more

Jan. 17, 2019 — A team of researchers have discovered the interaction between an Ebola virus protein and a protein in human cells that may be an important key to unlocking the pathway of replication of the killer ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced 'dry' form of age-related macular degeneration ... read more

New Yeast Model of Metabolic Disorders May Lead to Life-Saving Therapies

Jan. 16, 2019 — A new study suggests that the role of yeast, the world's most basic eukaryotic unicellular organism, may pave the way for the development of novel, more effective therapies for congenital ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — A study finds a surprising response to cocaine in a novel strain of mutant mice -- they failed to show hyperactivity seen in normal mice when given cocaine and didn't run around. In other tests, ... read more

Genome Doubling, Cell Size and Novelty

Jan. 15, 2019 — Scientists have examined the effects of genome doubling on cell biology and the generation of novelty in ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — Scientists have completed one of the largest bacterial comparative gene expression studies to date and taken another step forward in understanding the African Salmonella strain that is currently ... read more

Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR/Cas9 Shown to Limit Impact of Certain Parasitic Diseases

Jan. 15, 2019 — Researchers have successfully used CRISPR/Cas9 to limit the impact of schistosomiasis and liver fluke infection, which affects more than a quarter of a billion people in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan ... read more

Protein Alteration Controls Cell's Response to Stress, Immunity and Lifespan

Jan. 15, 2019 — Scientists have revealed a key mechanism in worms that is involved in controlling the cell's response to stress, a study ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — A team of scientists has made valuable progress toward creating clinical-grade cells for treatment of bone disease and injury. In their study, the team identified two types of growth media that could ... read more

Study: 'Post-Normal' Science Requires Unorthodox Communication Strategies

Jan. 14, 2019 — Proposals to fight malaria by 'driving' genes that slow its spread through mosquitoes is a high-risk, high-reward technology that presents a challenge to science journalists, according to a ... read more

Marine Bacterium Sheds Light on Control of Toxic Metals

Jan. 14, 2019 — An ocean-dwelling bacterium has provided fresh insights into how cells protect themselves from the toxic effects of metal ions such as iron and copper. Although essential to life, metal ions can also ... read more

Genetically Modified Food Opponents Know Less Than They Think, Research Finds

Jan. 14, 2019 — People most opposed to genetically modified foods think they know the most about them, but actually know the least, new report ... read more

Putting Cells Under Pressure

Jan. 14, 2019 — As cells divide to form tissues and organs in multicell organisms, they move to where they belong, informed by a series of cues that scientists have yet to observe or fully ... read more

Herpes Viruses and Tumors Evolved to Learn How to Manipulate the Same Ancient RNA

Jan. 14, 2019 — Herpes viral infections use the ancient genetic material found in the human genome to proliferate, mimicking the same process tumors have been found to manipulate, Mount Sinai researchers have shown ... read more

Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR Repurposed to Develop Better Antibiotics

Jan. 11, 2019 — Scientists have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ... read more

Jan. 11, 2019 — Engineers have developed a microfluidic technique that can quickly process small samples of bacteria and gauge a specific property that's highly correlated with bacteria's ability to ... read more

Jan. 11, 2019 — Using one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, scientists have identified a dense, dynamic and disorganized actin filament nanoscaffold -- resembling a haystack -- that is induced in ... read more

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