drug discovery, cell & molecular biology
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Kerry Grens | Nov 16, 2015
In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.
Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found
Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found
Jef Akst | Nov 12, 2015
Researchers identify a novel protein that helps maintain the length of chromosome-capping telomeres. 
Blood-Gut Barrier
Blood-Gut Barrier
Ruth Williams | Nov 12, 2015
Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.
New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped
New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped
Kerry Grens | Nov 5, 2015
Deficiency in a protein called pejvakin makes inner ear cells more vulnerable to sound, unable to brace themselves against oxidative stress stimulated by noise. 
Adding Padding
Adding Padding
Karen Zusi | Nov 1, 2015
Adipogenesis in mice has alternating genetic requirements throughout the animals’ lives.
Fanning the Flames
Fanning the Flames
Kate Yandell | Nov 1, 2015
Obesity triggers a fatty acid synthesis pathway, which in turn helps drive T cell differentiation and inflammation.
Breaking the Cancer-Obesity Link
Breaking the Cancer-Obesity Link
Laura W. Bowers, Stephen D. Hursting, Ciara H. O’Flanagan | Nov 1, 2015
Obese people are at higher risk for developing cancer, have worse prognoses once diagnosed, and are often resistant to chemotherapy regimens. The question is, Why?
Obesogens
Obesogens
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2015
Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.
Not Immune to Fat
Not Immune to Fat
Kate Yandell | Nov 1, 2015
The effect of a high-fat diet on murine T cells
Fat Factors
Fat Factors
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2015
A mouse's exposure to certain environmental chemicals can lead the animal—and its offspring and grandoffspring—to be overweight.