A biological escape room: Physicists get outside glimpse of protein aggregates that cause diabetes
Researchers from FOM Institute AMOLF have, for the first time ever, managed to make an image of the exterior structure of a protein aggregate that causes diseases like Alzheimer and type-2 diabetes. They ...
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. ...
New study revisits Miller-Urey experiment at the quantum level
For the first time, researchers have reproduced the results of the Miller-Urey experiment in a computer simulation, yielding new insight into the effect of electricity on the formation of life's building ...
Researchers reverse a liver disorder in mice by correcting a mutated gene
Using a new gene-editing system based on bacterial proteins, MIT researchers have cured mice of a rare liver disorder caused by a single genetic mutation.
Interstellar molecules are branching out: Detection of iso-propyl cyanide with ALMA
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Cornell University, and the University of Cologne have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar ...
Simple method for selective bioconjugation of native proteins
Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms
The creation of genetically modified and entirely synthetic organisms continues to generate excitement as well as worry.
Better RNA interference, inspired by nature: New nanoparticles offer best-ever gene silencing
Inspired by tiny particles that carry cholesterol through the body, MIT chemical engineers have designed nanoparticles that can deliver snippets of genetic material that turn off disease-causing genes.
New mitochondrially-derived peptides show what they can do
Chemists claim to have solved riddle of how life began on Earth
Irradiating formamide with meteorite dust can lead to synthesis of prebiotic compounds
Design of self-assembling protein nanomachines starts to click
(Phys.org) —A route for constructing protein nanomachines engineered for specific applications may be closer to reality.
Amino acid fingerprints revealed in new study
Some three billion base pairs make up the human genome—the floor plan of life. In 2003, the Human Genome Project announced the successful decryption of this code, a tour de force that continues to supply ...
Chemists devise a new way to manufacture peptide drugs, which hold promise for treating many diseases
Small protein fragments, also called peptides, are promising as drugs because they can be designed for very specific functions inside living cells. Insulin and the HIV drug Fuzeon are some of the earliest ...