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July 12, 2020

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Glowing Worms Provide Live-Action Movies of the Body's Internal Scaffolding

Researchers have made the first time-lapse movies of the sheet-like mesh that surrounds and supports most animal tissues. While the thin layer of extracellular matrix known as the basement membrane ...

Spider Silk Made by Photosynthetic Bacteria

A research team in Japan reported that they succeeded in producing the spider silk -- ultra-lightweight, though, biodegradable and biocompatible material -- using photosynthetic bacteria. This study ...

Sensory Neurons Outside the Brain Drive Autistic Social Behaviors, Study Suggests

A new study lends further evidence that the social behaviors tied to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) emerge from abnormal function of sensory neurons ...

Strain of E. Coli May Offer Protections Against Its More Malevolent Cousins

Researchers say E. coli Nissle may protect human cells against other more pathogenic strains of E. coli such as E. coli 0157:H7, which is commonly associated with contaminated hamburger ...
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Researchers Solve a 50-Year-Old Enzyme Mystery

Advanced herbicides and treatments for infection may result from the unraveling of a 50-year-old ...

New Clues from Fruit Flies About the Critical Role of Sex Hormones in Stem Cell Control

In one of the first studies addressing the role of sex hormones' impact on stem cells in the gut, scientists outline new insights showing how a steroidal sex hormone, ecdysone, drastically ...

How Bacteria Build Essential Carbon-Fixing Machinery

Scientists have revealed new insight into how cyanobacteria construct the organelles that are essential for their ability to ...

Fluorescent Peptide Nanoparticles, in Every Color of the Rainbow

The discovery of green fluorescent protein (GFP), which is made by a jellyfish, transformed cell biology. It allowed scientists to stitch the GFP sequence to proteins from other organisms to trace ...

Physics: Bubbling and Burping Droplets of DNA

Liquid droplets formed from DNA display a peculiar response to enzymes. An international collaboration has now been able to explain the mechanisms behind bubble ...

Researchers Develop Software to Find Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The program could make it easier to identify the deadly antimicrobial resistant bacteria that exist in the environment. Such superbugs annually cause more than 2.8 million difficult-to-treat ...

Does DNA in the Water Tell Us How Many Fish Are There?

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive method to count individual fish by measuring the concentration of environmental DNA in the water, which could be applied for quantitative monitoring of ...

New Technique in Which Drugs Make Bacteria Glow Could Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance

A new technique could help reduce antibiotic prescribing by predicting which drugs could be effective in fighting bacteria within ...

Anaplasmosis Bacterium Tinkers With Tick's Gene Expression to Spread to New Hosts

For the first time, scientists have shown that the bacterium that causes the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis interferes with tick gene expression for its survival inside cells and to spread to a new ...

Moss Protein Corrects Genetic Defects of Other Plants

Almost all land plants employ an army of molecular editors who correct errors in their genetic information. Researchers have now transferred one of these proofreaders from the moss Physcomitrium ...

Tiny Mineral Particles Are Better Vehicles for Promising Gene Therapy

Researchers have developed a safer and more efficient way to deliver a promising new method for treating cancer and liver disorders and for ...

New Sequencing Technology Will Help Scientists Decipher Disease Mechanisms

New technologies capable of sequencing single molecules in fine detail will help scientists better understand the mechanisms of rare nucleotides thought to play an important role in the progression ...

Marine Algae from the Kiel Fjord Discovered as a Remedy Against Infections and Skin Cancer

Using state-of-the-art approaches coupled with bio- and cheminformatics and machine learning, researchers have succeeded in discovering new, bioactive components of the Baltic Sea Baltic Sea seaweed ...

New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis Through Gene Transfer

Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers has discovered that the ...

How Old Is Your Dog in Human Years? New Method Better Than 'Multiply by 7'

How old is your tail-wagging bundle of joy in human years? According to the well-known ''rule of paw,'' one dog year is the equivalent of 7 years. Now scientists say it's ...

Buzzing to Rebuild Broken Bone

Healing broken bones could get easier with a device that provides both a scaffold for the bone to grow on and electrical stimulation to urge it forward, engineers report. Although minor bone breaks ...

A Novel Sperm Selection Technology to Increase Success Rates of in Vitro Fertilization

Motile sperm are difficult to collect with a conventional cell sorter because they are vulnerable to physical damage. A research collaboration has developed a technique using a cell sorter with ...

Smart Structures: Structural Cells of the Body Control Immune Function

Researchers analyzed the epigenetic and transcriptional regulation in structural cells. They found widespread activity of immune genes, suggesting that structural cells are deeply involved in the ...

To Listen Is to Survive: Unravelling How Plants Process Information

Researchers mapped the signaling network in plants and discovered novel insights about how plants process information about their environment. This gives new potential to strategies to protect crops ...

Plant Tissue Engineering Improves Drought and Salinity Tolerance

After several years of experimentation, scientists have engineered thale cress, or Arabidopsis thaliana, to behave like a succulent, improving water-use efficiency, salinity tolerance and reducing ...

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