Jan 27, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Statins critical in formation of embryo
A single fertilized egg develops into a complete organism simply through repeated cycles of cell division. But, gaps remain in our understanding of how cells arrange themselves into each stage.
Jan 26, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Genetic engineering tinkers with genes
A new technique will help biologists alter genes. Whether to turn cells into tiny factories and churn out medicines, or modify crops to grow with limited water, or study the effects of a gene on human health, this technique will work on all life forms from bacteria to animals.
Jan 25, 2017-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
In proteins, shape matters
A meta-genomic database is now helping fill in 10 percent of previously unknown protein shapes that control growth and influence mobility. They act as catalysts, or transport and store molecules.
Jan 24, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Can we rescue injured brains?
The Tmem 108 gene forms proteins that enable memory and our sense of direction. But reduced Tmem 108, through mutation, can produce schizophrenia-like symptoms.
Jan 23, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Hunger switches on predatory brain instincts
Yale University researchers have isolated in the amygdala of the brain, the circuitry that coordinates hunting. The amygdala is known as the brains' center of emotion and motivation. Now, one of its group of neurons is identified as signaling an animal to pursue prey, a second group to bite with jaw and neck muscles to make the kill.