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The evolutionary secrets of the brachiopod shell

Researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have carried out the first detailed study of the molecular mechanisms responsible for formation of the brachiopod shell. Comparison with shell synthesis in other ...

dateApr 30, 2015 in Environment
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How an RNA gene silences a whole chromosome

Researchers at Caltech have discovered how an abundant class of RNA genes, called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs, pronounced link RNAs) can regulate key genes. By studying an important lncRNA, called Xist, ...

dateApr 27, 2015 in Biotechnology
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How to kill a protein

For decades scientists have been looking closely at how our cells make proteins. But the inverse is equally important: how cells kill them.

dateApr 24, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Improving accuracy in genome editing

Imagine a day when scientists are able to alter the DNA of organisms in the lab in the search for answers to a host of questions. Or imagine a day when doctors treat genetic disorders by administering drugs ...

dateApr 23, 2015 in Biochemistry
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