Formaldehyde: Poison could have set the stage for the origins of life
(PhysOrg.com) -- Formaldehyde, a poison and a common molecule throughout the universe, is likely the source of the solar system's organic carbon solidsabundant in both comets and asteroids. Scientists ...
Can bleach help solve the origin of life in the primordial soup?
A chemical found in hair bleach may help answer questions about the origins of life and explain why new life does not emerge on modern Earth.
Researchers identify endocrine-disrupting chemical in bottled water
Chemist devises optical imaging technique to unlock the mystery of memory
(Phys.org) —In the search to understand memory, Wei Min is looking at cells at the most basic level, long before the formation of neurons and synapses. The assistant professor of chemistry studies the synthesis ...
Four billion-year-old chemistry in cells today
Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today according to scientists at the University of East Anglia.
Researchers engineer bacterial proteins that can transport substances across the cell membrane
How do bacteria overcome the barrier of the outer membrane to gain access to the cells of the body? That is the question addressed by junior professor Dr. Winfried Römer and his colleagues Kevin Tröndle ...
Scientists 'herd' cells in new approach to tissue engineering
Sometimes it only takes a quick jolt of electricity to get a swarm of cells moving in the right direction.
Proteins 'ring like bells'
As far back as 1948, Erwin Schrödinger—the inventor of modern quantum mechanics—published the book "What is life?" In it, he suggested that quantum mechanics and coherent ringing might be at the basis ...
Scientists invent a better way to make antibody-guided therapies
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new technique for connecting drug molecules to antibodies to make advanced therapies.
Turning bacteria into chemical factories
Most academics follow a very traditional path to a job as a professor: earn a PhD, spend a few years as a postdoc, then find a tenure-track job as an assistant professor.
Seeing how the Hepatitis C virus builds ion channels could help researchers find new drugs to fight the disease
(Phys.org) —Viruses are masters of minimalist design. With only a simple genome and a handful of proteins, a virus can hijack much more sophisticated cells and mimic many of the intra- and inter-cellular ...
Unprecedented detail of intact neuronal receptor offers blueprint for drug developers
Biologists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) report today that they have succeeded in obtaining an unprecedented view of a type of brain-cell receptor that is implicated in a range of neurological illnesses, ...
Cell powerhouses shape risk of heart disease
(Phys.org) —Genes in mitochondria, the "powerhouses" that turn sugar into energy in human cells, shape each person's risk for heart disease and diabetes, according to a study published recently by researchers ...
Lipoic acid helps restore, synchronize the 'biological clock'
Researchers have discovered a possible explanation for the surprisingly large range of biological effects that are linked to a micronutrient called lipoic acid: It appears to reset and synchronize circadian ...