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Learning the alphabet of gene control

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have made a large step towards the understanding of how human genes are regulated. In a new study, published in the journal Cell, they identified the DNA sequences that bind t ...

dateJan 17, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Engineering plants for biofuels

With increasing demands for sustainable energy, being able to cost-efficiently produce biofuels from plant biomass is more important than ever. However, lignin and hemicelluloses present in certain plants ...

dateNov 26, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Regulating hematopoietic differentiation

Blood cells originate from a small pool of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) through a complex process of differentiation steps that are tightly regulated at the transcriptional level. Dissecting the mechanisms ...

dateOct 05, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Making and breaking heterochromatin

To fit the two-meter long DNA molecule into a cell nucleus that is only a few thousandths of a millimetre in size, long sections of the DNA must be strongly compacted. Epigenetic marks maintain these sections, ...

dateSep 25, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Deciphering the language of transcription factors

Transcription factors are proteins that bind to DNA to promote or suppress protein production. Since almost all diseases involve disruption of the protein-production process, transcription factors are promising biological ...

dateSep 11, 2012 in Biotechnology
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