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The hubbub about the heart’s lub-dub

The heart’s cellular blueprint has been the subject of scientific debate for decades, with no component causing more trouble the KCNE1. This little protein, E1...

Prions Are Key to Preserving Long Term Memories

Prions can be notoriously destructive, spurring proteins to misfold and interfere with cellular function as they spread without control. New research, published in the...

Toddler: Previously unknown signal tells embryo cells to reorganize

Whether human or animal, vertebrate or invertebrate, nearly every creature begins life as a tiny clump of cells. Before those cells can begin blossoming...

Experiments show hypothesis of microtubule steering accurate

Tiny protein motors in cells can steer microtubules in the right direction through branching nerve cell structures, according to Penn State researchers who used...

On-demand vaccines possible with engineered nanoparticles

Vaccines combat diseases and protect populations from outbreaks, but the life-saving technology leaves room for improvement. Vaccines usually are made en masse in centralized...

Shark, human proteins stunningly similar

Despite widespread fascination with sharks, the world’s oldest ocean predators have long been a genetic mystery. The first deep dive into a great white...

Chemist Discovers New Way to Stabilize Blood Protein

A UConn research team has found a way to stabilize hemoglobin, the oxygen carrier protein in the blood, a discovery that could lead to...
Alzheimer's disease could be transmissable like prion illness

Important mechanism underlying Alzheimer’s found

Alzheimer's disease affects more than 26 million people worldwide. It is predicted to skyrocket as boomers age—nearly 106 million people are projected to have the...

Existing cropland could feed 4 billion more

The world's croplands could feed 4 billion more people than they do now just by shifting from producing animal feed and biofuels to producing...

Deadliest cancers may respond to new drug treatment strategy

UC San Francisco researchers have found a way to knock down cancers caused by a tumor-driving protein called “myc,” paving the way for patients...

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