Synthetic biology, genetic engineering and you: Two-component signaling pathways as elements in synthetic circuit design
Nucleoids and the structure of life
Bacteria connect to each other and exchange nutrients
It is well-known that bacteria can support each others' growth and exchange nutrients. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, and their colleagues at the universities ...
New insights into ancient life: Chromosome segregation in Archaea
Coral snake venom reveals a unique route to lethality
For more than a decade, a vial of rare snake venom refused to give up its secret formula for lethality; its toxins had no effect on the proteins that most venoms target. Finally, an international team of ...
Defying textbook science, study finds new role for proteins
Open any introductory biology textbook and one of the first things you'll learn is that our DNA spells out the instructions for making proteins, tiny machines that do much of the work in our body's cells. ...
Genetic switch regulates transcription and replication in human mitochondria
Amazon fungi found that eat polyurethane, even without oxygen
Microbial Munificence: Iron acquisition strategies in natural bacterioplankton populations
Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses
Scientists make enzyme that could help explain origins of life
Mimicking natural evolution in a test tube, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised an enzyme with a unique property that might have been crucial to the origin of life on Earth.
Gene activity and transcript patterns visualized for the first time in thousands of single cells
Biologists of the University of Zurich have developed a method to visualize the activity of genes in single cells. The method is so efficient that, for the first time, a thousand genes can be studied in parallel ...
Researchers gain better understanding of cellular intestinal barrier structure
Squid recode their genetic make-up on-the-fly to adjust to their surroundings
The principle of adaptation—the gradual modification of a species' structures and features—is one of the pillars of evolution. While there exists ample evidence to support the slow, ongoing process that ...