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A spring-loaded sensor for cholesterol in cells

Although too much cholesterol is bad for your health, some cholesterol is essential. Most of the cholesterol that the human body needs is manufactured in its own cells in a synthesis process consisting of more than 20 steps. ...

dateDec 07, 2017 in Biochemistry
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DNA damage repair—molecular insights

The first line of defense against skin cancer is the ability to repair DNA damage caused by UV light. The XPA protein plays an important role in the repair of certain DNA damage, and mutations in this protein have been implicated ...

dateDec 07, 2017 in Biochemistry
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DNA origami surpasses important thresholds

Using a technique known as DNA origami, biophysicist Hendrik Dietz has been building nanometer-scale objects for several years at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Now, Dietz and his team have not only broken out ...

dateDec 07, 2017 in Biochemistry
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A crucial enzyme unveiled at last

After 40 years of research, researchers at the CEA, CNRS, University Grenoble-Alps, University of Montpellier and Inserm have finally identified the enzyme responsible for the tubulin detyrosination. Surprisingly, it is not ...

dateDec 05, 2017 in Biochemistry
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