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
Demand for viral vectors seen outpacing capacity growth despite investment surge
The growth in demand for viral vectors is outpacing a push to add capacity, leading to predictions that the current supply shortage will continue despite investment in the space. Read More
Machine learning may accelerate solutions to address protein design challenges
Machine learning can be used to create protein molecules much more accurately and quickly than previously possible, with the potential for developing new treatments and vaccines, according to biologists at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 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
New type of CAR T cells provide on-off switch to improve cell therapy safety, efficiency
Researchers at Boston University have created on and off switches for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, enabling them to control the activity of therapies using an approved drug. Read More
Penn State-led team develops more efficient system for delivering CRISPR to stem cells
Modified mRNA (modRNA)-based CRISPR systems improve on the transfection and knockout efficiency of plasmid-based systems in human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), a Penn State-led team of interdisciplinary researchers has found. 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
MIT team finds limitations of AlphaFold’s AI protein structures in drug discovery
Advances in the modeling of protein-ligand interactions are needed to realize the potential of the artificial intelligence (AI) AlphaFold database of protein structure predictions in drug discovery, according to a new paper from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Read More
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