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Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:48:29 EDT
Consuming low-calorie sweeteners may predispose overweight individuals to diabetes
Consumption of low-calorie sweeteners could promote metabolic syndrome and predispose people to prediabetes and diabetes, particularly in individuals with obesity, a new study on human fat-derived stem cells and fat samples suggests.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:12:32 EDT
New understanding of parasite biology might help stop malaria transmission
Researchers made an important step toward deeper understanding of how malaria blood stage parasites turn the switch to become transmissible to other humans. This knowledge is fundamental for future research aiming to interrupt malaria transmission.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:12:10 EDT
Democratizing single-cell analysis
Scientists have developed a new low-cost technique for profiling gene expression in hundreds of thousands of cells.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:07:04 EDT
Scientists map the portal to the cell's nucleus
The gateway to cellular headquarters has 552 components. A new map that shows how all these pieces fit together could help scientists study numerous diseases.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:29:43 EDT
Molecular basis of major antibiotic resistance transfer mechanism unraveled
One of the biggest current threats to global health is the rise of multi-drug resistant bacteria, caused by the spreading of antibiotic resistance amongst them. In an attempt to help fight this threat, researchers have unraveled the molecular basis of a major antibiotic resistance transfer mechanism. They also developed molecules and a proof-of-principle for blocking this transfer.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:29:33 EDT
Biologists unravel another mystery of what makes DNA go 'loopy'
New research shows that a process known as hemimethylation plays a role in looping DNA in a specific way. Researchers also demonstrated that hemimethylation is maintained deliberately -- not through random mistakes as previously thought -- and is passed down through human cell generations.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:17:28 EDT
Saving lives with platypus milk
A breakthrough by Australian scientists has brought the introduction of an unlikely hero in the global fight against antibiotic resistance a step closer; the humble platypus.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:38:24 EDT
Viral hideout: After infection, herpes lurks in nerve cells
The ability of the 'cold sore' herpes simplex virus to establish quiet infections and reawaken periodically has long mystified scientists. A new study in mice reveals that a key host protein acts as a critical regulator of the virus's sleep-wake cycle.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:18:03 EDT
How fungi grow: A movie from inside the cell
Fungi forming mold on food are hazardous. Fungi supplying antibiotics are beneficial. Fungi may be harmful pathogens. On the other hand, they are used for the production of food or medicine and in bioengineering. In either case, it is required to precisely understand their growth mechanism. Researchers have now taken a big step forward: Using high-performance light microscopy, they watched mold fungi as they grew in the cell.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:50:27 EDT
Parasitic worms need their intestinal microflora too
Scientists have cast new light on a little understood group of worm infections, which collectively afflicts 1 in 4 people, mainly children -- in the developing the world.
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