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Study: Ribosomes are Functionally Diverse

By | June 22, 2017

New research suggests that the cells’ protein factories have preferences for specific messenger RNAs they translate. 

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An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.

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Mouse Livers Grow and Shrink Daily

By | May 4, 2017

Feeding-fasting rhythms and light-dark cycles direct regular changes in organ and cell size, as well as ribosome number and protein levels.

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Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants

By | October 1, 2016

Traditional stop codons have a double meaning in the protozoans' mRNA, sometimes calling for an amino acid during translation.

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Scientists Catch Translation in the Act

By | October 1, 2016

Newly developed techniques from four different groups rely on the same basic steps to track translation in live cells.

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Finding Mislabeled Noncoding RNAs

By | June 1, 2016

Researchers scour the genome for micropeptides encoded within RNAs presumed to function in a noncoding capacity.

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Noncoding RNAs Not So Noncoding

By | June 1, 2016

Bits of the transcriptome once believed to function as RNA molecules are in fact translated into small proteins.

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Single-Unit Synthetic Ribosome

By | July 29, 2015

Scientists build a specialized ribosome with linked subunits that can translate designer transcripts in bacteria.

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AAAAA Is for Arrested Translation

By | July 24, 2015

Multiple consecutive adenosine nucleotides can cause protein translation machinery to stall on messenger RNAs.

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Speaking of Science

By | February 1, 2015

February 2015's selection of notable quotes

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