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A first of its kind tool to study the histone code
University of North Carolina scientists have created a new research tool, based on the fruit fly, to help crack the histone code. This research tool can be used to better understand the function of histone proteins, which ...
Scientists create mouse model to accelerate research on Ebola vaccines, treatments
In the war against Ebola, one important hurdle has just been cleared – by a mouse.
Biochemists unravel complicated mysteries of epigenetic code to find culprit in cancer development
Every single human cell contains every single human gene. But depending on the cell, only some of these genes need to be expressed or "turned on." For instance, a heart cell has all the genes needed for, ...
Researchers link aging to cellular interactions that occur across generations
(Phys.org) —The evidence for what causes aging has typically been limited to the study of a single organism's lifespan; our cells divide many times throughout our lives and eventually cause organs and our bodies to age ...
Researchers develop new model of cellular movement
(Phys.org) —Cell movement plays an important role in a host of biological functions from embryonic development to repairing wounded tissue. It also enables cancer cells to break free from their sites of ...
Scientists reveal how cells destroy RNA, a key to understanding disease
(Phys.org) —RNA encodes the proteins that play a key role in cellular reproduction, but the manner in which cells regulate RNA's removal once proteins are synthesized remains a mystery. One piece of this mystery has been ...
New microbeam emitter has potential to bring promising form of radiation therapy into clinical use
(Phys.org) —Microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) provides tremendous promise for cancer patients through its ability to destroy tumor cells while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. Yet research into its ...
New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee
Excavations in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel's Lower Galilee, have brought to light stunning mosaics that decorated the floor.
Low-income taxpayers choose saving over spending when offered an incentive
(Phys.org) —Saving is a critical first step on the path to financial security. But many low-income families find it challenging to choose saving for the future over meeting pressing spending needs today.
Study shows perception gaps regarding efforts to develop women leaders
Perceptions about organizational effectiveness regarding recruiting, developing and retaining women vary both by gender and management level, according to a survey conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills ...
Small DNA circles found outside the chromosomes in mammalian cells and tissues, including human cells
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have helped identify a new DNA entity in mammalian cells and provided evidence that their generation leaves behind deletions in different l ...
Biologically targeted nanoparticles may boost radiation therapy effects
(PhysOrg.com) -- Making a tumor more sensitive to radiotherapy is a primary goal of combining chemo and radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer, but with the chemotherapy drugs come unwanted side effects.
September is peak month for hurricanes in North Carolina
More hurricanes and tropical storms hit North Carolina in September than in any other month. Two UNC experts explain how state residents can stay safe and healthy before and after a dangerous storm.
Study shows potential for nanotechnology-based therapy for ovarian cancer
(PhysOrg.com) -- A UNC-led study has shown the potential for nanotechnology therapy for ovarian cancer. Scientists at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke University Medical Center conducted a preclinical study ...
Ozone levels pose health risk even below current U.S. air safety standard: expert
Exposure to ozone even at levels below the current U.S. standard for safe and clean air poses a breathing risk for healthy people.