New 3-D structure of RNA polymerase III could lead to new treatments

Scientists have created a three-dimensional map of a complex of molecules that plays a fundamental role in life—and which when it goes wrong is linked to increased sensitivity to viral infections and neurodegenerative diseases.

Three-dimensional view of catalysts in action

For understanding the structure and function of catalysts in action, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with colleagues from the Swiss Light Source SLS of Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) ...

Giving cells an appetite for viruses

A team led by UT Southwestern researchers has identified a key gene necessary for cells to consume and destroy viruses. The findings, reported online today in Nature, could lead to ways to manipulate this process to improve ...

Plant diversity in Germany on the decline

In the last 60 years, plant diversity across Germany decreased by an average of 15% in over 70% of the more than 2000 species examined. This most comprehensive analysis of plant data from Germany ever conducted involved researchers ...

Device mimics life's first steps in outer space

A device developed by scientists at the CY Cergy Paris University and Paris Observatory promises insight into how the building blocks of life form in outer space.

A genetic shortcut to help visualize proteins at work

One of biologists' most vexing tasks is figuring out how proteins, the molecules that carry the brunt of a cell's work, do their job. Each protein has a variety of knobs, folds, and clefts on its surface that dictate what ...

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