SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
Eight amino acids are identical to part of the human epithelial sodium channel, leading researchers to suspect the virus might interfere with the channel’s function.
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein

Eight amino acids are identical to part of the human epithelial sodium channel, leading researchers to suspect the virus might interfere with the channel’s function.

Eight amino acids are identical to part of the human epithelial sodium channel, leading researchers to suspect the virus might interfere with the channel’s function.

cell & molecular biology
Infographic: Synthetases and the Evolution of Circulatory Systems
Infographic: Synthetases and the Evolution of Circulatory Systems
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2020
Aminoacyl tRNA synthetases picked up new protein domains that participate in vasculature formation around the same time that organisms evolved key adaptations in the circulatory system.
Gut Microbiome Composition Linked to Human Behavior 
Gut Microbiome Composition Linked to Human Behavior 
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
A study uncovers connections between the bacteria in our guts and our social lives.
How a Pea Aphid Decides to Make Wings or Not
How a Pea Aphid Decides to Make Wings or Not
Viviane Callier | Jun 1, 2020
Wing development in females is environmentally controlled, but in males, an insertion on the sex chromosome appears to dictate whether the insects grow wings, according to a study.
Protein Synthesis Enzymes Have Evolved Additional Jobs
Protein Synthesis Enzymes Have Evolved Additional Jobs
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2020
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, which help translate the genetic code into protein, also function in angiogenesis, fat metabolism, and more.
Did Contaminated Water Exacerbate Brazilian Babies’ Zika Symptoms?
Did Contaminated Water Exacerbate Brazilian Babies’ Zika Symptoms?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2020
Elevated levels of a neurotoxin in northeastern Brazil’s drinking water and a high incidence of microcephaly in the region led scientists to look for a link, and they found one.
Two Studies Question Function of Bone Hormone Osteocalcin
Two Studies Question Function of Bone Hormone Osteocalcin
Ruth Williams | May 29, 2020
Independently produced knockout mouse strains fail to find evidence of the bone protein’s endocrine functions, and divide researchers’ opinions.
What Do New Neurons in the Brains of Adults Actually Do?
What Do New Neurons in the Brains of Adults Actually Do?
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2020
Adult neurogenesis, already appreciated for its role in learning and memory, also participates in mental health and possibly even attention, new research suggests.
Infographic: How Adult-Born Neurons Integrate into the Brain
Infographic: How Adult-Born Neurons Integrate into the Brain
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2020
Cutting-edge microscopy is revealing how new neurons made in adult mice’s brains tap into existing neuronal connections.
Lipid Expert and Babraham Institute Director Michael Wakelam Dies
Lipid Expert and Babraham Institute Director Michael Wakelam Dies
Amy Schleunes | Apr 7, 2020
Wakelam, who died of a suspected COVID-19 infection, is remembered for his research on the physiological function of lipids.