How the cell protects itself

The cell contains transcripts of genetic material, which migrate from the cell nucleus to another part of the cell. This movement protects the genetic transcripts from the recruitment of "spliceosomes." If this protection ...

Photosynthesis discovery could help next-gen biotechnologies

Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Münster (WWU) have purified and visualized the 'Cyclic Electron Flow' (CEF) supercomplex, a critical part of the photosynthetic machinery in all plants, ...

Two studies find stress reprograms cells

In a pair of publications, researchers have shown how cells adapt to stressors—like water loss—by reprogramming their internal signaling networks. The studies describe previously unknown mechanisms that cells use to send ...

Biologists discover how viruses hijack cell's machinery

Biologists at UC San Diego have documented for the first time how very large viruses reprogram the cellular machinery of bacteria during infection to more closely resemble an animal or human cell—a process that allows these ...

Portable biological factories create pharmaceuticals

Pellets made from freeze-dried molecular components make it possible to "just add water" to create diverse compounds without the need for refrigeration. This portable and inexpensive platform, intended to help those far away ...

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