Researchers shed light on how 'microbial dark matter' might cause disease
One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bacteria is still a puzzle to scientists.
Proteins stepping on 'landmines': How they survive the immense heat they create
How do some proteins survive the extreme heat generated when they catalyze reactions that can happen as many as a million times per second? Work by researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ...
MIT lab designs workload-sharing robotic limbs (w/ Video)
Extensive cataloging of human proteins uncovers 193 never known to exist
Striving for the protein equivalent of the Human Genome Project, an international team of researchers has created an initial catalog of the human "proteome," or all of the proteins in the human body. In total, ...
WABIAN robot from Japan steps closer to human walk
Divide and define: Clues to understanding how stem cells produce different kinds of cells
The human body contains trillions of cells, all derived from a single cell, or zygote, made by the fusion of an egg and a sperm. That single cell contains all the genetic information needed to develop into ...
Researchers discover gene that controls melting point of cocoa butter
The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter—a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals—will likely lead to new and improved products, ...
Car safety system could anticipate driver's mistakes
It may be a while yet before we have cars that drive themselves, but in the near future your car may help you drive. In particular, it could warn you when you're about to do something stupid.
Earliest humans had diverse range of body types, just as we do today
One of the dominant theories of our evolution is that our genus, Homo, evolved from small-bodied early humans to become the taller, heavier and longer legged Homo erectus that was able to migrate beyond Africa ...
Scientists unlock tangled mysteries of DNA
Chromosomal proteins hold the key to our DNA and they are changing, according to Jose Eirin-Lopez, marine sciences professor in the Florida International University Department of Biological Sciences.
Cell manipulation could lead to the better treatment of disease
A new laboratory tool which will allow scientists to build and move microscopic cells could lead to the development of better treatments for disease.
Scientists making progress with techniques that allow for seeing through opaque materials
Body motion energy harvester may power medical and consumer wearable devices
A body motion energy harvester, with the flexibility and elasticity to be applied to high-flexion joints and suitable for integration with fabrics, is being developed by researchers at Sogang University in ...
First contracting human muscle grown in laboratory
In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals.