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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Cancer Comparison Across Species Highlights New Drug Targets

Feb. 12, 2019 — Cancer genes in mucosal melanoma, a rare and poorly understood subtype of melanoma, have been compared in humans, dogs and horses for the first time. Researchers sequenced the genomes of the same ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — The detection of physical forces is one of the most complex challenges facing science. Considered to play a decisive role in many biological processes, the chemical tools to visualize the physical ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — Human beings are not the only ones who suffer from stress -- even microorganisms can be affected. Now, researchers have devised a new method to study how single biological cells react to stressful ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — A research team has now removed a major barrier for the use of kidney organoids as a tool to model kidney diseases, test drug toxicities and eventually for the creation of organ replacements, the ... read more

New Tuberculosis Drug May Shorten Treatment Time for Patients

Feb. 11, 2019 — A new experimental antibiotic for tuberculosis has been shown to be more effective against TB than isoniazid, a decades-old drug which is currently one of the standard treatments. In mouse studies, ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — Engineers have devised a new, non-invasive way to monitor the stiffness of single living cells, using acoustic waves. Their technique could be used to study many biological phenomena, such as cell ... read more

Genome Scientists Develop Novel Approaches to Studying Widespread Form of Malaria

Feb. 8, 2019 — Scientists have developed a novel way with genome sequences to study and better understand transmission, treat and ultimately eradicate Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of ... read more

Feb. 8, 2019 — Under the influence of the drug fluconazole, the fungus Candida albicans can change its mode of reproduction and thus become even more resistant, scientists ... read more

Feb. 8, 2019 — A team has discovered two genes that make some strains of harmful Staphyloccocus bacteria resistant to treatment by copper, a potent and frequently used antibacterial agent. The discovery shows that ... read more

DNA Traces on Wild Flowers Reveal Insect Visitors

Feb. 8, 2019 — Researchers have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. This newly developed eDNA method holds a vast potential for documenting unknown insect-plant interactions, ... read more

Cryo-Force Spectroscopy Reveals the Mechanical Properties of DNA Components

Feb. 8, 2019 — Physicists have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a combination of cryo-force spectroscopy and ... read more

New Technique Pinpoints Milestones in the Evolution of Bacteria

Feb. 7, 2019 — Scientists have devised a reliable way to determine when certain groups of bacteria appeared in the evolutionary record. The technique could be used to identify when significant changes occurred in ... read more

Bee Dispersal Ability May Influence Conservation Measures

Feb. 7, 2019 — The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, ... read more

Feb. 7, 2019 — Male butterflies have genes which give them a sexual preference for a partner with a similar appearance to themselves, according to new research. Researchers observed the courtship rituals and ... read more

Engineered DNA Vaccine Protects Against Emerging Mayaro Virus Infection

Feb. 7, 2019 — A novel, synthetic DNA vaccine induces protective immunity against Mayaro virus (MAYV), a mosquito-borne infection endemic to South America, that has the potential to become a global emerging viral ... read more

Feb. 7, 2019 — Biologists have discovered why cell sizes are so tightly regulated. Researchers found that the need to produce just the right amount of protein is behind the striking uniformity of ... read more

Feb. 7, 2019 — Functional B-1 cells derived from mouse embryonic stem cells are capable of long-term engraftment and secrete natural antibodies after transplantation in mice, researchers report. Scientists are ... read more

Feb. 7, 2019 — Researchers used the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to optimize a new technique, leading to the development of the method called Nested CRISPR. This cloning-free method involves the insertion ... read more

Finding Chemicals Inside a Cell

Feb. 7, 2019 — How are chemicals distributed in a cell? Scientists have developed a combined mass spectrometry and biological imaging device that enables direct, label-free detection, and high-resolution mapping of ... read more

How Microbes Produce Key Compound Used to Fight Cancer

Feb. 6, 2019 — Researchers have untangled how bacteria found in soil are able to manufacture streptozotocin, showing for the first time that the compound is produced through an enzymatic pathway and revealing the ... read more

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