Mimicking natural evolution with 'promiscuous reactions' to improve the diversity of drugs
A revolutionary new scientific method developed at the University of Leeds will improve the diversity of 'biologically active molecules', such as antibiotics and anti-cancer agents.
New Nano3 microscope will allow high-resolution look inside cells
The University of California, San Diego's Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility (Nano3) is the first institution to obtain a novel FEI Scios dual-beam microscope, with an adaptation for use at cryogenic temperatures. ...
Art of Science 2014: Princeton launches online galleries of prize-winning images and video
The exhibit consists of both still images and video of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. Forty-four still images were chosen from more than 250 submissions from undergraduates, ...
Speedy computation enables scientists to reconstruct an animal's development cell by cell
Recent advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. But extracting the ...
Scientists study how complexity developed from simple cell
(Phys.org) —Consider this a matter of scrambling down the family tree to its roots. Really old roots. Or perhaps it's more like blowing the dust off the family album—the human album—and opening to the first pages billions ...
Engineering light-controlled proteins
(Phys.org) —A University of Wyoming professor has engineered proteins that can be activated by near-infrared light as a way to control biological activities in deep tissues of small mammals.
'Molecular movies' will enable extraordinary gains in bioimaging, health research
Researchers today announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular ...
Celebrating the work of a neglected scientific pioneer
A University of Leeds academic has shed important new light on the fascinating story of a pioneer whose contribution to one of science's biggest discoveries has long been overlooked.
Real time imaging of DNA repair a step toward prevention and treatment of cancer
LUMICKS, an Amsterdam-based spin off from VU University, offers for the first time a solution enabling real time imaging of interactions between molecules such as DNA and proteins. Real time is important for observing the ...
Unexpected diversity of egg yolk proteins play a key role in ant sociality and castes
In the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Claire Morandin et al. performed molecular evolutionary analyses on the egg yolk forming protein, Vitellogenin, and its many forms, amongst seven Formica ...
Mapping proteins in space and time within cells
How many types of proteins are there in a cell? How many of each type are there and where are they at any given time? New methods may shed light on these fundamental biological questions.
Researchers study the genetics and biology of Brassica crop species
Scientists at the University of York have contributed to a new study which represents a significant step forward in understanding the molecular processes which underpin the evolution of genomes in Brassica species.
First widespread look at evolution of venomous centipedes
Venomous creatures usually conjure up images of hissing snakes or stinging scorpions—but for scientists Bryan Fry, et. al., an overlooked group —centipedes—are all the rage.
Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in staple crops
(Phys.org) —As humanity faces more mouths to feed thanks to a swelling global population, new research has taken a step toward employing genes from blue-green algae to improve staple crop photosynthesis ...