Cell Biology
RNA-based editing tool enables editing of specific cell types
Duke University researchers have used an RNA-based editing tool to introduce proteins into specific types of cells, which they contend could potentially enable modifying very specific cells and cell functions to manage disease. Read More
Modeling advance enables exploration of cellular processes at atomic resolution
University of Kansas researchers have developed a computational modeling approach that they claim is "tens or hundreds of thousands of times faster" than existing atomic resolution techniques, providing insights into the fundamental biology of cells. Read More
MIT miniaturizes antenna for wireless operation inside living cells
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have created an antenna that can operate inside cells and is compatible with 3D biological systems, with the potential for applications in diagnostics and therapeutics. Read More
Researchers further understanding of how circadian clock helps brain recover after injury
Children’s National Hospital researchers have found that a relatively newly discovered type of brain cell -- known as NG2-glia -- also follows a circadian rhythm, findings that potentially open new paths of investigation for the development of future traumatic brain injury therapies. Read More
Scientists use bacteria to build advanced synthetic cells with lifelike functionality
Researchers have used bacteria to build complex synthetic cells using a living material assembly process, advancing efforts to create protocells that mimic the earliest stages and functionality of cellular life. Read More
Single-cell sequencing reveals spatial map of immune cells in early-stage lung cancer
Using single-cell sequencing, researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have revealed a spatial map of tumor-infiltrating B cells and plasma cells that are prevalent in early-stage lung cancers, providing a basis for finding new immunotherapy targets. Read More
Genomics profiling reveals how Zika infects immune cells, suggests antiviral target
A genomics profiling method has revealed how the Zika virus infects human dendritic cells, pointing to a potential target for therapeutic suppression of the pathogen. Read More
Inhibiting white blood cell enzyme reduces lung metastases in mice: study
Researchers at The Wistar Institute and Jubilant Therapeutics have found an enzyme in neutrophils that promotes tumor growth and metastasis, pointing to a new way to treat cancers. Read More
Link between ion channel and cholesterol in brain may lead to novel treatments for Alzheimer’s
Mechanical forces and tissue functions influence the morphology of the developing brain, according to University of California, Irvine researchers, who also discovered a direct link in neural stem cells between Piezo1 -- a mechanically-activated ion channel -- and intracellular cholesterol levels during neural development. Read More
Stanford scientists create synthetic microbiome
Stanford University researchers built a complex and well-defined synthetic microbiome with 100 bacterial species that they successfully transplanted into mice. The creation of the synthetic microbiome means the scientists will be able to add, remove, and edit individual species so they may better comprehend the links between gut microbiome and health. Read More
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