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image: New Enzyme Makes CRISPR More Powerful

New Enzyme Makes CRISPR More Powerful

By Shawna Williams | March 2, 2018

xCas9 enables more precisely targeted gene editing.

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image: A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel

A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.

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image: Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 

Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 

By The Scientist Staff | December 14, 2017

Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 

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image: Most Accurate CRISPR Gene Editing Yet

Most Accurate CRISPR Gene Editing Yet

By Kerry Grens | September 22, 2017

A tweaked Cas9 nuclease reduces off-target effects to levels below that of previous versions of the enzyme.

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image: Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch

Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2017

Incorporating light-controlled dimerization domains into kinases provides tight regulation of these enzymes.

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image: Infographic: Enzymes Controlled by Light

Infographic: Enzymes Controlled by Light

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2017

Custom-designed kinases have built-in switches that act as gatekeepers for the enzymes' active sites.

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image: Pitcher Plant Enzymes Digest Gluten in Mouse Model

Pitcher Plant Enzymes Digest Gluten in Mouse Model

By Jenny Rood | February 1, 2017

A newly discovered protease could break down grain proteins that trigger celiac disease.

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image: How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By Ruth Williams | September 21, 2016

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

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Examining the tragedies of several families who each lost multiple children, two teams of researchers reveal a previously unappreciated role for a mitochondrial enzyme.

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Heady Stuff

By Kate Yandell | November 1, 2015

New research on how fat influences brain neuronal activity

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