autism, immunology, developmental biology, cell & molecular biology
Plant RNAs Found in Mammals
Cristina Luiggi | Sep 20, 2011
MicroRNAs from plants accumulate in mammalian blood and tissues, where they can regulate gene expression.
Mammoth Blood in the ER?
Rachel Nuwer | Sep 19, 2011
A 35,000-year old woolly mammoth blood protein may aid in contemporary medical procedures.
Why the Thai HIV Vax Trial Worked
Bob Grant | Sep 19, 2011
New molecular analyses yield clues to the success of a 2009 human HIV vaccine study.
Public Solves Protein Structure
Jef Akst | Sep 18, 2011
Players of an online game that allows users to adjust how proteins are folded have solved a decade-long protein structure mystery.
Contagion: Science Fact?
Tia Ghose | Sep 16, 2011
Soderbergh’s new pandemic thriller gets a lot of the science right, but does contain a few unlikely details.
Neurotransmitter-Regulated Immunity
Rachel Nuwer | Sep 15, 2011
Nerve signals control T cell responses, helping to explain inflammation and stroke.
Skipping Pluripotency
Jef Akst | Sep 14, 2011
Researchers are developing ways to convert mature somatic cells from one cell type to another, avoiding the tumor-causing pluripotent stage associated with stem cells.
Obscure Organelle in Stem Cells and Cancer
Kerry Grens | Sep 11, 2011
Cellular structures known as midbodies, formed during cell division, appear to accumulate in stem cells and cancer cells, hinting at a potential function for these once-disregarded organelles.
Bacteria Clean Up
Jef Akst | Sep 7, 2011
Hair-like extensions on microbes that remove uranium and other metals from contaminated groundwater could one day help clean up after radiation spills.
Hypoallergenic Dogs Overhyped?
Bob Grant | Sep 6, 2011
A study finds that homes with dogs billed as hypoallergenic harbor just as many allergens as those housing other breeds.