News tagged with chemical signal

Researchers link protein to tumor growth

(PhysOrg.com) -- Johns Hopkins researchers working on mice have discovered a protein that is a major target of a gene that, when mutated in humans, causes tumors to develop on nerves associated with hearing, as well as cataracts ...

dateAug 31, 2010 in Genetics
shares0 comments 0

The secret to sniffing out a safe supper

When mice smell the scent of food on the breath of their fellow mice, they use that experience to decide what's safe to eat in the future. Key in that learning process is the pairing of a particular odor with a chemical ingredient ...

dateJul 15, 2010 in Plants & Animals
shares0 comments 0

Computer program takes on protein puzzle

(PhysOrg.com) -- All proteins self-assemble in a fraction of the blink of an eye, but it can take a long time to mimic the process. And there has been no guarantee of success, even with the most powerful computers - until ...

dateJul 06, 2010 in Biochemistry
shares0 comments 1

Pride, prejudice and the 'Darcin effect'

The pheromone that attracts female mice to the odour of a particular male has been identified. Named 'darcin' by researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology (after Darcy, the attractive hero in Jane Austen ...

dateJun 02, 2010 in Plants & Animals
shares0 comments 0

Using a pest's chemical signals to control it

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are tapping into the biochemistry of one of the world's most damaging insect pests to develop a biocontrol agent that may keep the pest away from gardens and ...

dateMay 17, 2010 in Ecology
shares0 comments 0