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Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight

By Ashley Yeager | February 23, 2018

Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.

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Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2017

Fruit flies and mice grow better and eat less when the amino acid balance of their food reflects that coded by their exomes.

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A Different Way of Doing Things

By Kivanç Birsoy and David M. Sabatini | April 1, 2016

Cancer cells exhibit altered metabolic processes that may serve as promising targets for new therapies.

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Metabolic Reprogramming

By Kivanç Birsoy and David M. Sabatini | April 1, 2016

How cancer cells fuel their rapid growth

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Fingerprints Yield Sex Info

By Karen Zusi | November 5, 2015

The amino acids left behind in a human fingerprint can be used to determine whether an individual is male or female.

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Early Code

By Jef Akst | June 3, 2015

New research points to key properties of transfer RNA molecules and amino acids that may have supported the origin of life on Earth.

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On the Origins of Life

By Jef Akst | March 17, 2015

A new experimental system demonstrates that precursors of ribonucleotides, amino acids, and lipids may have simultaneously arisen from the same prebiotic chemistry.

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Augmenting the Genetic Alphabet

By Kate Yandell | May 7, 2014

For the first time, synthetic DNA base pairs are replicated within living bacteria.

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Cysteine Aids Mice with Huntington’s

By Kerry Grens | March 31, 2014

Rodent models of Huntington’s disease show dysfunctional cysteine production, and adding the amino acid to their diets seems to relieve symptoms.  

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Pioneer DNA Researcher Dies

By Jef Akst | October 2, 2012

Leonard Lerman, who helped elucidate the process from gene to protein, passed away last month at age 87.

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