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Gene variant activity is surprisingly variable between tissues

(CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) Every tissue has its own pattern of active alleles, a large-scale study led by an international team of scientists at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences has found. Show More Summary

Researchers Create Molecular Movie of Virus Preparing to Infect Healthy Cells

A research team has created for the first time a movie with nanoscale resolution of the three-dimensional changes a virus undergoes as it prepares to infect a healthy cell. The scientists analyzed thousands of individual snapshots from intense X-ray flashes, capturing the process in an experiment at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

'Switch' turns on immune cells' tumor-killing ability

Molecular biologists report for the first time how a microRNA molecule known as Lethal-7 (let-7) serves as a molecular control hub to direct the function of cytotoxic T lymphocytes by putting the brakes on their cell-killing activit...

Dilution of Whisky – The Molecular Perspective

Interesting new paper published in Scientific Report by Björn C. G. Karlsson and Ran Friedman: Despite the growing knowledge of the nature of water-alcohol mixtures on a molecular level, much less is known on the interaction of water, alcohol and small solutes. Show More Summary

Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

Researchers find a way to combat pharmacoterrorism

Using a novel molecular analysis technique, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified the chemical underpinnings of Captagon, also known as fenethylline, an illegal amphetamine-type stimulant that has been linked to substance abuse and 'pharmacoterrorism' in the Middle East.

Medical News Today: Nerve fibers regenerated with molecular mix

New research finds that a 'cocktail' of molecules regenerates neuronal axons, restoring fine motor skills in mice that had spinal cord injury or stroke.

NYU Dental Researchers Awarded NIH Grant for Microbiome Research to Identify Biomarkers for Tongue Cancer

The research focuses on the oral microbiome and disruptions in its normal balance, using next-generation sequencing, new molecular technologies which now permit far more comprehensive analyses of the bacterial community in the mouth. Researchers aim to learn how to diagnose aggressive cancers earlier, modulate the microbiome, and prevent or slow the oral cancer progression.

Biochemistry: A toxin that fuels metabolism

Formaldehyde, a DNA-damaging agent formed in cells, has now been shown to support metabolic processes that involve molecular units containing a single carbon atom — linking metabolism to a DNA-protection mechanism.

Trade talk: Crime buster

yesterdayAcademics : Nature

A molecular biologist uses his investigative skills to support detectives.

UMass Amherst researchers find 'switch' that turns on immune cells' tumor-killing ability

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Molecular biologists led by Leonid Pobezinsky and his wife and research collaborator Elena Pobezinskaya at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have published results that for the first time...Show More Summary

Beautiful Tentacled Jellyfish Sculptures Formed Out of Colorful Melted Glass

2 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Italian sculptor Daniela Forti has created an absolutely gorgeous line of beautiful tentacled jellyfish sculptures made out of colorful dripped glass that’s been put through a specific fusion process that alters the molecular structure. Show More Summary

Prematurity leaves distinctive molecular signature in infants' cerebellum

Premature birth, which affects one in 10 US babies, is associated with altered metabolite profiles in the infants' cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance, a team of researchers reports.

Session 27656: “Ocean global change: teasing apart individual and interactive effects of drivers on microbes and plankton”, Ocean Sciences Meeting, 11-16 February 2018 in Portland, Oregon

Topic Area: Microbiology and Molecular Ecology Co-convenors:  Uta Passow, Philip Boyd, David Hutchins Description: Our changing climate is modifying concurrently many oceanic properties which are biologically influential.  AssessingShow More Summary

A moth and its flame: Mate selection found to evolve from response to flower odors

(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) For the first time, Jothi Yuvaraj and colleagues at Lund University, Sweden, have identified the corresponding pheromone receptors (PRs) from a primitive leafminer moth, called Eriocrania semipurpurella. Show More Summary

Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaics

Sensitized solar cells consisting of a molecular or solid-state sensitizer that serves to collect light and inject an electron into a substrate that favors their migration are among the most studied photovoltaic systems at present. Despite...Show More Summary

Focus: The Coolest Molecular Ion Beams

Author(s): Philip Ball Two research teams have created the coldest molecular ion beams ever, putting molecules in their ground states of rotation and providing improved experimental stand-ins for interstellar gas clouds. [Physics 10, 93] Published Mon Aug 14, 2017

How Gata4 helps mend a broken heart

(Baylor College of Medicine) Gata4 alone is able to reduce post-heart attack fibrosis and improve cardiac function in a rat model of heart attack. In rat fibroblasts in the lab, the molecular mechanism involves reduced expression of Snail, the master gene of fibrosis.

Now Showing: Researchers Create First 3d Movie of Virus in Action

Imaging the movement of a virus demonstrates that single-particle X- ray scattering has the potential to shed new light on key molecular processes, like viral infection, when paired with powerful new algorithms.

Single molecules can work as reproducible transistors—at room temperature

August 14, 2017—A major goal in the field of molecular electronics, which aims to use single molecules as electronic components, is to make a device where a quantized, controllable flow of charge can be achieved at room temperature.Show More Summary

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