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Exploding nanobubbles can kill cancer cells

Clusters of gold atoms can detect and kill cancer cells commonly left behind after tumor-removal surgery, according to a study of a new …

Nanotech

Zika Virus: Why Does a New or Old Virus Emerge Every Few Years?

Every few years it seems a new virus captures the public's attention. Over a decade ago it was SARS which had people in Hong Kong wearing masks, then it was avian flu, then H1N1, then the West Nile virus, and then Ebola and now, it is Zika.<p>We don't know for certain why a new virus emerges, but I …

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

Over the next few years farmers are expected to have new genome sequencing technology at their disposal, helping to offset a myriad of problems that threaten to curtail production of the grain that feeds half of humanity.<p>Drawing on a massive bank of varieties stored in the Philippines and …

Genetics

Insects survive the winter through a trick right out of science fiction

In the summer, when the air is sticky and hot, insects are everywhere: circling your fruit bowl, marching across your picnic, buzzing in your ear, …

Nature

Decoding the Dark Matter of the Human Genome

In 1994, researchers from Harvard and Stanford published a paper in which they described three mice: one was yellow and fat, one mottled and fat, and the last one was brown and lean. An ordinary image, except for one thing: despite being so different, all three mice were genetically identical.<p>If …

Once suspect protein found to promote DNA repair, prevent cancer

An abundant chromosomal protein that binds to damaged DNA prevents cancer development by enhancing DNA repair, researchers at The University of Texas …

Foods That Boost Your Immune System

Your grandma wasn’t far off when she said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Certain foods, including apples, harbor potent nutrients, minerals and organic compounds that can supercharge your immune system and help fight off disease. Throw enough of them down your gullet and you might just be …

DNA damage to stem cells is central to ageing

DNA damage is a major mechanism behind the loss of adult stem cells over time, according to a <i>Nature</i> paper by Oxford University researchers and …

New yeast strains thrive with human genes

Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from yeast, hundreds of genes from a shared ancestor live on—nearly unchanged—in …

Genetically engineered virus 'cures' patients of skin cancer

The new therapy has far fewer side effects because it is harnassing the body's own immune system<p>A genetically engineered virus has ‘cured’ patients of cancer for the first time in a breakthrough which raises hopes of an end to chemotherapy.<p>In a worldwide study which was led by the Institute of …

CRISPR

Special |<p>Special home<br>• Key reads<br>• Latest articles<br>• In depth<br>• Research & Review<p>Researchers the world over are fast adopting CRISPR-Cas9 to tinker with the …

Genetics

Crispr: is it a good idea to ‘upgrade’ our DNA?

New genome-editing technology has the potential to eliminate genetic disease by making changes to our DNA that will pass down the generations. Such modification is currently banned in the UK but could that be about to change?<p>Last year Tony Perry made mice that would have been brown-furred grow up …

Genetics

How the brain tells good from bad

Eating a slice of chocolate cake or spending time with a friend usually stimulates positive feelings, while getting in a car accident or anticipating …

Loki, A Deep-Sea Microbe, Helps Better Explain Evolution Of Complex Cells: Study

A team of researchers has discovered what they believe to be the missing link in the evolution of complex cells. In a study, published in the journal …

(A) Missing link between prokaryotes and complex cells identified

A form of archaea with many of the proteins that make complex organisms possible.<p>Eukaryotes—fungi, plants, us—are complex. Our large cells are …

Biology

Scientists identify mechanism that explains how some stem cells get new identity

Stem Cells

New form of DNA modification may carry inheritable information

Scientists at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have described the surprising discovery and function …

Discovered the sixth DNA base?

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the main component of our genetic material. It is formed by combining four parts: A, C, G and T (adenine, cytosine, …

Genetics

Scientists make new discoveries about a specific protein and its effects on the final step of cell division

The human body is a cross between a factory and a construction zone — at least on the cellular level. Certain proteins act as project managers, which …

Proteomics identifies DNA repair toolbox

During each cell division, more than 3.3 billion base pairs of genomic DNA have to be duplicated and segregated accurately to daughter cells. But …

India joins the ‘designer babies’ debate

<b>New Delhi:</b> The debate on the ethics of gene editing, mainly regarding ‘designer babies’ or genetically engineered babies has arrived in India. The …

Nanotube-soaked spiders spin super-strong silk

Orb spider silk, already among the toughest and strongest materials found in nature, could soon get a super-strong nanoscale upgrade. A research team from the University of Trento, Italy recently sprayed 15 Orb-weaving spiders, members of the <i>Pholcidae</i> family, with carbon nanotube or graphene …