Metal and colorful model of RNA
In Editing RNA, Researchers See Endless Possibilities
RNA editing has been in DNA editing’s shadow for nearly a decade, but recent investments in the technology could bring it into the limelight.
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In Editing RNA, Researchers See Endless Possibilities
In Editing RNA, Researchers See Endless Possibilities

RNA editing has been in DNA editing’s shadow for nearly a decade, but recent investments in the technology could bring it into the limelight.

RNA editing has been in DNA editing’s shadow for nearly a decade, but recent investments in the technology could bring it into the limelight.

ABOVE: © istock.com, Andy
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Photograph of a brown laboratory mouse
Experiment Gone Awry Suggests Novel Way to Combat Hypoxia
Phil Jaekl | Oct 1, 2021
While exploring suspended animation in mice, scientists discover how an enzyme can protect the brain from dangerously low levels of oxygen.
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Edmond Fischer, Biochemist and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 101
Lisa Winter | Aug 31, 2021
Fischer was recognized for his work with reversible protein phosphorylation.
ribbon model of phenylalanine hydroxylase enzyme
Noncoding RNA Improves Symptoms in Mice with Metabolic Disorder
Abby Olena | Aug 6, 2021
A long noncoding RNA from humans appeared to help the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase work better in a mouse model of phenylketonuria, the disorder characterized by reduced activity of that enzyme.
Black and white image of Jean Wilson in an office, wearing a lab coat.
Endocrinologist Jean Wilson Dies at 88
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
The University of Texas Southwestern professor’s research focused on the androgen hormones that cause male sexual differentiation and may also lead to prostate disease.
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Threads Embedded in Pads and Tampons Can Diagnose Yeast Infection
Emma Yasinski | Jun 15, 2021
The material turns bright pink when it comes in contact with an enzyme produced by the fungus Candida albicans.
Infographic: Light Triggers Photocage Opening, Apoptosis Inhibition
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2021
Researchers develop a caspase inhibitor that only works after being irradiated with UV light, giving them control over apoptosis in human cells.
Blood Transplants from Active Mice Give Brain Boost to Others
Lisa Winter | Jul 12, 2020
The researchers behind the results propose that an exercise-induced protein in circulation is responsible for the benefits.
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.
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.
Image of the Day: Coronavirus in 3D
Amy Schleunes | Mar 25, 2020
At Bessy II, a synchrotron radiation facility in Berlin, scientists use X-rays to study the structure of SARS-CoV-2.
Image of the Day: Unusual ATP Synthase
Emily Makowski | Jan 8, 2020
A single-celled organism has an energy-producing enzyme with unique features.
Quantum Biology
Quantum Biology May Help Solve Some of Life’s Greatest Mysteries
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2019
From the remarkable speed of enzyme-catalyzed reactions to the workings of the human brain, numerous biological puzzles are now being explored for evidence of quantum effects.
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Infographic: Quantum Explanations for Biological Phenomena
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2019
Weird effects on the scale of subatomic particles may play roles in enzyme catalysis, photosynthesis, and avian magnetoreception.
Milkweed bug
Image of the Day: High Contrast
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 2, 2019
Of the Hemiptera bugs, milkweed-chomping Oncopeltus fasciatus have hung onto more smell and taste receptors than their liquid-guzzling relatives.
Image of the Day: Light Show
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 7, 2019
Sea fireflies spew a mucus with a chemical glow to lure mates and avoid being eaten.
Genetically Engineered Tobacco Does Photosynthesis More Efficiently
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 4, 2019
The modification beefed up plant biomass by 40 percent in field tests.