database, cell & molecular biology
Muscle Disease Gene Identified in Fish
Muscle Disease Gene Identified in Fish
Ed Yong | Jun 4, 2013
Scientists discover gene behind an inherited muscle disorder by studying zebrafish embryos.
Gene Transfer Beats Some Flu Strains
Gene Transfer Beats Some Flu Strains
Dan Cossins | May 31, 2013
Mice and ferrets are protected from several deadly viruses when genes encoding “broadly neutralizing antibodies” are delivered into their nasal passages.
Mosquito Transmission Regulates Malaria Virulence
Mosquito Transmission Regulates Malaria Virulence
Dan Cossins | May 29, 2013
Malaria parasites transmitted via mosquitoes elicit a more effective immune response and cause less severe infection than those directly injected into red blood cells.
Inhibit Mitochondria to Live Longer?
Inhibit Mitochondria to Live Longer?
Sabrina Richards | May 22, 2013
Researchers find that reducing mitochondrial protein production in some animals can increase lifespan by activating a protective stress response.
Macrophages Drive Regeneration
Macrophages Drive Regeneration
Edyta Zielinska | May 22, 2013
The activity of one type of immune cell helps regrow the limbs of amputated salamanders.
Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria
Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria
Dan Cossins | May 21, 2013
The essential nutrient can kill drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis by producing oxidative radicals that damage DNA.
Protective Phages
Protective Phages
Edyta Zielinska | May 20, 2013
Viruses that attack bacteria may be an important component of our gut microbiota.
Blood Protein Rejuvenates Aging Heart
Blood Protein Rejuvenates Aging Heart
Dan Cossins | May 10, 2013
A molecule found only in the blood of young mice dramatically reverses thickening and stiffening of the heart muscle in old mice.
Discoverer of Lysosomes Dies
Discoverer of Lysosomes Dies
Kate Yandell | May 8, 2013
Christian de Duve chose to be euthanized at home in Belgium at age 95.
Telomeres Affect Gene Expression
Telomeres Affect Gene Expression
Ed Yong | May 5, 2013
As telomeres shorten with age, genes as far as 1,000 kilobases away could be affected, including one responsible for an inherited muscle disease.