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Research Reveals Evolution Used Similar “Toolkits” to Shape Flies, Worms, and Humans

August 29, 2014

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Evolution of Flies, Worms and Humans Share Patterns of Gene Expression

Several newly published studies reveal that flies, worms and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression. Although separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, flies, worms, and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression, according to a massive Yale-led analysis of genomic data. Two related studies led by scientists at Harvard and Stanford, […]

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Biologists Grow a Living Organ from Lab-Created Cells

August 25, 2014

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Living Organ Grown in a Lab

Scientists from the MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory. The research could aid in the future development of ‘lab-grown’ replacement organs. Scientists have grown a fully functional organ from […]

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Yale and Columbia Biologists Shed New Light on Cell Division

August 22, 2014

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Researchers Shed New Light on the Rings That Make Cell Division Possible

A team of scientists from Yale and Columbia universities has shed new light on the mechanics of the division of cells that makes life possible. Forming like a blown smoke ring does, a “contractile ring” similar to a tiny muscle pinches yeast cells in two. The division of cells makes life possible, but the actual […]

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Researchers Discover an Active Ecosystem One-Half Mile Below Antarctic Ice

August 21, 2014

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First Breakthrough about Life Under Antarctic Ice

Researchers from the WISSARD project have discovered an active ecosystem of microorganisms that live beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, converting ammonium and methane into the energy required for growth. Bozeman – The first breakthrough paper to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth’s final frontiers shows that there’s life and an […]

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Single Factor Can Reset the Immune System Back 500 Million Years

August 18, 2014

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Single Factor Can Reset the Immune System Back to What it Was 500 Million Years Ago

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute reveal that a single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to what it was 500 million years ago, when the first vertebrates emerged. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg re-activated expression of an ancient gene, […]

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New Research Shows Plants May Use “Language” to Communicate

August 15, 2014

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Plants May Use Newly Discovered Language to Communicate

New research from Virginia Tech reveals that plants may use a newly discovered molecular language to communicate with each other, opening the door to a new arena of science that explores how plants communicate with each other on a molecular level. A Virginia Tech scientist has discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one […]

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Max Planck Researchers Discover New Weapon of the Immune System

August 14, 2014

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Scientists Discover New Immune System Weapon

Scientists have identified a previously unknown component of the immune system, discovering that bacterial virulence factors can not only be neutralized by antibodies, but they can also be directly destroyed by them. Max Planck researchers have discovered a completely new way in which the immune system recognizes pathogens. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor has long been […]

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Lambda Virus Architecture Finally Rendered

August 13, 2014

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Researchers Produce a Depiction of the DNA Protein Complexes the Lambda Virus

After more than 50 years of research, biologists now have a picture of the molecular machines that allow the lambda virus to insert or remove DNA from the cells that it infects. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — For half a century biologists have studied the way that the lambda virus parks DNA in the […]

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Bioengineers at Tufts Create Functional 3D Brain-Like Tissue

August 12, 2014

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Bioengineers Create Functional 3D Brain Like Tissue

Bioengineers at the Tissue Engineering Resource Center at Tufts University have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain. Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive […]

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New Model Reveals How Geckos Cling to Objects

August 12, 2014

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New Model Reveals How Geckos Cling to Objects

A new model from scientists at Oregon State University shows how geckos use tiny, branched hairs called “seta” to effortlessly cling to objects like walls. Corvallis, Oregon – Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a model that explains how geckos, as well as spiders and some insects, can run up and down walls, cling […]

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Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

August 5, 2014

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Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

A new study from Yale University shows that when the researchers blocked the effects of the nuclear receptor PPARgamma in a small number of brain cells in mice, the animals ate less and became resistant to a high-fat diet. Preventing weight gain, obesity, and ultimately diabetes could be as simple as keeping a nuclear receptor […]

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New Stem Cell Research Identifies Barriers to Human iPSC Generation

July 31, 2014

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New Stem Cell Research May Make Tissue Regeneration More Efficient

UC San Francisco scientists detail new research that might lead to a more streamlined process for obtaining stem cells, which in turn could be used in the development of replacement tissue for failing body parts. The finding are published in the current edition of Cell. The work builds on a strategy that involves reprogramming adult […]

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