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Researchers discover molecular 'add-ons' that customize protein interfaces

Researchers in the United States and Germany have just discovered a previously overlooked part of protein molecules that could be key to how proteins interact with each other inside living cells ...

10 hours ago from Phys.org

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Ricin only lethal in combination with sugar

Researchers have discovered a means of immunizing cells against the biological weapon ricin, which, they report, is only lethal when combined with sugar.

12 hours ago from ScienceDaily

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Secrets of Bonsai: Uncovering the mechanism of root regeneration

The molecular mechanism behind root regeneration after root cutting in plants has been discovered. A finding which could lead to the development of new methods for regulating plant growth in ...

Thu 14 Sep 17 from Phys.org

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Why bacteria 'shapeshift' in space

Bacterial cells treated with a common antibiotic in the near-weightlessness of the International Space Station (ISS) responded with some clever shape shifting that likely helped them survive, ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Phys.org

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Getting to the point (mutations) in re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes

Converting fibrous plant waste, like corn stalks and wood shavings, into fermentable simple sugars for the production of biofuel is no simple process. Bacteria must break down tough leaves, ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Phys.org

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Folding biomolecule model shows how form dictates function

Proteins are fundamental macromolecules for life, with a diversity of functions, like acting as channels through cellular walls, catalysers, DNA benders, etc. When it comes to these functions, ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Phys.org

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Researchers discover how hibernating ribosomes wake up

In research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Mee-Ngan F. Yap, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Saint Louis University, ...

Tue 12 Sep 17 from Phys.org

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Antibodies prove better at reprogramming skin cells into stem cells

Stem cells are the blank slate on which all the specialized cells in our bodies are built, and finding ways to revert adult cells back to that stage can help fight a whole range of illnesses. ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Gizmag

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Researchers discover new, abundant enzyme that helps bacteria infect animals

Researchers have discovered a new class of enzymes in hundreds of bacterial species, including some that cause disease in humans and animals. The discovery provides new insights into how bacteria ...

Tue 12 Sep 17 from Phys.org

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