Researchers discover Ebola's deadly secret
(PhysOrg.com) -- Research at Iowa State University has led scientists to uncover how the deadly Zaire Ebola virus decoys cells and eventually kills them.
Researchers find key interaction that controls telomeres
In the dominoes that make up human cells, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have traced another step of the process that stops cells from becoming cancerous.
Physics of gene transcription unveiled
(PhysOrg.com) -- A research team has made precise measurements of where and how RNA polymerase encounters obstacles while it reads nucleosomal DNA.
Scientists discover new method for regenerating heart muscle by direct reprogramming
Scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (GICD) have found a new way to make beating heart cells from the body's own cells that could help regenerate damaged hearts. Over 5 million Americans suffer ...
Somatic stem cells obtained from skin cells for first time ever
Breaking new ground, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, Germany, have succeeded in obtaining somatic stem cells from fully differentiated somatic cells. Stem ...
Finding the roots and early branches of the tree of life
A study published in PLoS Computational Biology maps the development of life-sustaining chemistry to the history of early life. Researchers Rogier Braakman and Eric Smith of the Santa Fe Institute traced the six methods of car ...
Turing was right: Two proteins fit decades-old prediction
Today, Alan Turing is best known as the father of modern computer science, but in 1952 he sketched out a biological model in which two chemicals an activator and an inhibitor could interact to ...
Early-Earth cells modeled to show how first life forms might have packaged RNA
(Phys.org)—Researchers at Penn State University have developed a chemical model that mimics a possible step in the formation of cellular life on Earth four-billion years ago. Using large "macromolecules" ...
Researchers discover a giant virus in an amoeba that contains a provirophage
In-package plasma process quickly, effectively kills bacteria
(Phys.org) —Exposing packaged liquids, fruits and vegetables to an electrical field for just minutes might eliminate all traces of foodborne pathogens on those foods, according to a Purdue University study.
100 reasons to change the way we think about genetics
For years, genes have been considered the one and only way biological traits could be passed down through generations of organisms. Not anymore.
Newly explored bacteria reveal some huge RNA surprises
(PhysOrg.com) -- Yale University researchers have found very large RNA structures within previously unstudied bacteria that appear crucial to basic biological functions such as helping viruses infect cells ...
'World's Most Useful Tree' Provides Low-Cost Water Purification Method for Developing World
A low-cost water purification technique published in Current Protocols in Microbiology could help drastically reduce the incidence of waterborne disease in the developing world. The procedure, which uses seeds from the Mo ...
Researchers Developing Potentially 'Transformative' Method to Produce Clean, Green Biofuels (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new way to make valuable chemicals and more affordable “green” fuel from solar power, bacteria and carbon dioxide could be "truly transformative" for our society if it works on a commercial ...