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Genetically Altered Mice Harness Benefits of Calorie Restriction  
A study identifies a gene that appears to be partially responsible for the health effects of a limited diet.
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Genetically Altered Mice Harness Benefits of Calorie Restriction  
Genetically Altered Mice Harness Benefits of Calorie Restriction  

A study identifies a gene that appears to be partially responsible for the health effects of a limited diet.

A study identifies a gene that appears to be partially responsible for the health effects of a limited diet.

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metabolism

Close-up of wild sea otter (Enhydra lutris) eating shellfish while floating on it's back.
Sea Otters Demonstrate that There Is More to Muscle than Just Movement—It Can Also Bring the Heat
Traver Wright, Melinda Sheffield-Moore, Randall Davis | Dec 13, 2021
Sea otters are born with a supercharged metabolism that helps them stay warm in chilly waters.
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Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon
Chloe Tenn | Nov 11, 2021
The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  
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A Nose by Any Other Name: Tracking the Scent of Tumor Metabolic Waste
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 11, 2022
The unique odor profiles of tumors can be used to develop diagnostic sensing tools.
A brown tick is shown from above as it climbs a green blade of grass
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat
Abby Olena | Oct 1, 2021
The endosymbiont Coxiella affects tick serotonin production and subsequent blood-feeding behavior, a study finds.
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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.
Examine Altered Glycobiology in Cancer
Examining Altered Glycobiology in Cancer
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Vector Laboratories | Mar 23, 2022
Changes to protein glycosylation play a major role in dictating cancer progression and prognosis, but could they also present biomarkers or therapeutic targets?
Mouse heart cells that have taken up adipocyte-derived extracellular vesicles (stained red)
Fat Cells Send Mitochondrial Distress Signals to the Heart
Ruth Williams | Aug 20, 2021
Vesicles containing fragments of the organelles released from stressed adipocytes protect the heart against oxygen deprivation, a study in mice shows.
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.
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Helping the Immune System Keep its Cool
Aparna Nathan | Dec 10, 2021
Researchers found that lowering the temperature alleviates autoimmunity in mice.
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Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Annie Melchor | Jul 20, 2021
Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.
A bar of milk chocolate with the foil peeled back and a bite taken out
Q&A: Eating Milk Chocolate in the Morning Boosts Fat Metabolism
Amanda Heidt | Jun 30, 2021
A study of 19 postmenopausal women found that eating a bar of chocolate in the morning affected their bodies differently than eating it at night, but neither led to weight gain.
Measuring Metabolites to Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat Cancer
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jun 11, 2021
Metabolomics research highlights molecules important for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Adriana L. Romero-Olivares kneels in the lab next to dry mushrooms in oven.
Adriana L. Romero-Olivares Tracks Fungi’s Response to Climate Change
Amanda Heidt | Jun 1, 2021
The New Mexico State University soil microbiologist uses molecular tools to understand how fungi are adapting to a warming world and what that might mean for global nutrient cycles.
a young woman pedals an exercise bike while wearing a mask to monitor oxygen consumption
Extreme Exercise Carries Metabolic Consequences: Study
Shawna Williams | Mar 23, 2021
Healthy people put through high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, displayed insulin resistance and mitochondrial dysfunction after working out excessively.
The Community-Wide Effort to Standardize QA/QC for Metabolomics and Lipidomics
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Apr 27, 2021
Perspectives on the basics and future of QA/QC
diabetes, type 1, type 2, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus, pandemic, registry
A Global Registry Aims to See if COVID-19 Causes Diabetes
Asher Jones | Mar 19, 2021
Researchers have collected hundreds of COVID-19–related diabetes case reports since August of last year, in hopes of teasing apart the complex links between the two diseases.
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jul 13, 2020
Lactation boosts the quantity and quality of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, likely reducing a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The Scientist Speaks Ep. 16 - At the Breaking Point: Mitochondrial Deletions and the Brain
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Mar 31, 2021
Researchers characterize large mitochondrial deletions to understand their implications in neurological disorders.
Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States
Ruth Williams | Jun 11, 2020
Two independent teams identify neuron populations in the mouse brain that regulate the physiological changes associated with torpor.