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Fascinated by Folding
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 3, 2017
Lila Gierasch uses biochemical tools to understand how linear chains of amino acids turn into complex three-dimensional structures.
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Jul 17, 2017
At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.
Sylvy Kornberg: Biography of a Biochemist
Diana Kwon | Jun 13, 2017
identifies a mystery woman in a historic photo as an accomplished researcher from a family of famous scientists whose experiments on DNA replication contributed to a Nobel prize.
Molecule Similar to Peptides Detected in Protostars
Kerry Grens | Jun 9, 2017
The dust surrounding emerging, Sun-like stars contains methyl isocyanate, an organic molecule.
Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens
Abby Olena | May 26, 2017
Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
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Tetracycline Inventor Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 15, 2017
Lloyd Conover, a longtime chemist at Pfizer, pioneered the concept of chemically altering natural antibiotics to create new drugs.
Unknown Protein Structures Predicted
Ruth Williams | Jan 19, 2017
Metagenomic sequence data boosts the power of protein modeling software to yield hundreds of new protein structure predictions.
Freshwater Bacteria Might Help Explain the “Methane Paradox”
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2016
Certain microbes express genes in a methane-production pathway, offering an explanation for puzzlingly high levels of the gas in some lakes.
Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 20, 2016
Diverse genetic changes lead to remarkably similar hemoglobin adaptations of diverse bird species, a study finds.