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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

A Code for Reprogramming Immune Sentinels

Dec. 7, 2018 — For the first time, a research team has successfully reprogrammed mouse and human skin cells into immune cells called dendritic cells. The process is quick and effective, representing a pioneering ... read more

Double the Stress Slows Down Evolution

Dec. 7, 2018 — Bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics more slowly if they also have to defend themselves against ... read more

What Can a Snowflake Teach Us About How Cancer Spreads in the Body?

Dec. 6, 2018 — What can seashells, lightning and the coastline of Britain teach us about new drugs for cancer? The answer, according to a team of researchers, may revolve around fractals, the infinitely complex ... read more

Scientists Design Way to Track Steps of Cells' Development

Dec. 5, 2018 — Scientists have developed a new tool described as a 'flight data recorder' for developing cells, illuminating the paths cells take as they progress from one type to another. This cellular ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Botryllus schlosseri, a marine invertebrate that lives in underwater colonies resembling fuzzy pinheads clinging to rocks, has a blood-forming system with uncanny similarities to that of humans, ... read more

Breakthrough in Blood Vessel Engineering

Dec. 5, 2018 — Growing functional blood vessel networks is no easy task. Previously, other groups have made networks that span millimeters in size. But now, a team has grown a self-assembling, functional network of ... read more

Scientists Identify 'Youth Factor' in Blood Cells That Speeds Fracture Repair

Dec. 5, 2018 — Researchers previously showed that introducing bone marrow stem cells to a bone injury can expedite healing, but the exact process was unclear. Now, the same team believes it has pinpointed the ... read more

A Bacterial Protein Is Found to Promote Cancer

Dec. 4, 2018 — Researchers have discovered that DnaK, a protein of the bacterium mycoplasma, interferes with the mycoplasma-infected cell's ability to respond to and repair DNA damage, a known origin of ... read more

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Crop Genetic Diversity

Dec. 4, 2018 — Researchers recently showed that inactivating a gene, RECQ4, leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The discovery could speed up plant breeding and ... read more

Novel Approach Improves Understanding of the Formation of New Neurons in the Mammalian Adult Brain

Dec. 4, 2018 — A team of researchers has developed a powerful new approach to understand the formation of new neurons in the mammalian adult ... read more

Dynamics of Chromatin During Organ and Tissue Regeneration

Dec. 4, 2018 — The researchers, who conducted the analysis with Drosphila melanogaster, discovered a group of genes involved in regeneration and which are kept in different ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Knowing which way is up and which way is down is important for all living beings. For plants, which grow roots into the soil and flowers above ground, getting this polarization wrong would cause a ... read more

First Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

Dec. 3, 2018 — The first in-depth look at the genome of a jellyfish -- the moon jelly Aurelia aurita -- shows that early jellyfish recycled existing genes to gain the ability to morph from polyp to ... read more

Nanoscale Tweezers Can Perform Single-Molecule 'Biopsies' on Individual Cells

Dec. 3, 2018 — Using electrical impulses, the 'tweezers' can extract single DNA, proteins and organelles from living cells without destroying ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Researchers have reported the first experimental evidence of epigenetics in the single-celled organisms known as archaea. The simplicity of archaea -- combined with the fact that their cells resemble ... read more

Researchers Alleviate Schizophrenia Symptoms in New Mouse Models

Nov. 30, 2018 — Does all the tinkering in young mice hamper their brain development, causing schizophrenia-like symptoms? Or, do their brain cells develop normally, but in adulthood struggle to communicate? ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — Creating new tools that harness light to probe the mysteries of cellular behavior, researchers have made discoveries about the formation of cellular components called membraneless organelles and the ... read more

How Viruses Hijack Part of Your Immune System and Use It Against You

Nov. 29, 2018 — An enzyme intended to prevent autoimmune disease can be hijacked and used by some viruses to avoid immune detection. There's also good news. The same team also defined how much viral genetic ... read more

HIV in Liver Cells Found to Be Inactive, Narrowing Potential Treatment Targets

Nov. 29, 2018 — In a proof-of-principle study, researchers revealed that certain immune system cells found in the human liver, called liver macrophages, contain only inert HIV and aren't likely to reproduce ... read more

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers have developed a systematic way to compare the immune responses of humanized mice versus humans. They used this new testing platform to show that a newly developed humanized mouse shares ... read more

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