Natural affinities—unrecognized until now—may have set stage for life to ignite
The chemical components crucial to the start of life on Earth may have primed and protected each other in never-before-realized ways, according to new research led by University of Washington scientists.
Scientists Reproduce a Building Block of Life in Laboratory
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, a key component of our hereditary material, in the laboratory.
Chemists see first building blocks to life on Earth
Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed an experiment that sheds new and fascinating light on how life on Earth might have begun.
NASA studying ways to make 'tractor beams' a reality
Tractor beams -- the ability to trap and move objects using laser light -- are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept for remotely capturing planetary ...
Researchers discover Ebola's deadly secret
(PhysOrg.com) -- Research at Iowa State University has led scientists to uncover how the deadly Zaire Ebola virus decoys cells and eventually kills them.
Powerful supercomputer peers into the origin of life
(PhysOrg.com) -- Supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are helping scientists unravel how nucleic acids could have contributed to the origins of life.
Molecular fossil: Crystal structure shows how RNA, one of biology's oldest catalysts, is made
(PhysOrg.com) -- In today's world of sophisticated organisms proteins are the stars. They are the indispensible catalytic workhorses, carrying out the processes essential to life. But long, long ago ribonucleic ...
Jumping hurdles in the RNA world
Astrobiologists have shown that the formation of RNA from prebiotic reactions may not be as problematic as scientists once thought.
New research shows fungi living beneath the seafloor are widespread
(Phys.org)—Fungi living beneath the seafloor are widespread in ocean environments around the world, according to a new paper by scientists at the University of Delaware and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
New study shows promise in using RNA nanotechnology to treat cancers and viral infections
A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows promise for developing ultrastable RNA nanoparticles that may help treat cancer and viral infections by regulating cell function and binding to cancers ...
Explained: RNA interference
Every high school biology student learns the basics of how genes are expressed: DNA, the cell’s master information keeper, is copied into messenger RNA, which carries protein-building instructions to the ...
The search for new antibiotics: Tiny proteins prevent bacterial gene transcription
(Phys.org) —In the search for new antibiotics, researchers are taking an unusual approach: They are developing peptides, short chains of protein building blocks that effectively inhibit a key enzyme of ...
Cells programmed to cure and even prevent cancer
The Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Universite de Montreal announced the launch of the very first ribonucleic acid (RNA) engineering laboratory in Canada.
Viruses act like 'self-packing suitcases'
Researchers at the University of Leeds have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.