Biology

Creating Artificial HDL Cholesterol

Creating Artificial HDL Cholesterol

Researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois have designed a nanoparticle that may carry cholesterol out of the body in patients with cardiovascular disease. Designed to mimic HDL (also known as good cholesterol), the new particles tightly bond to LDL ...

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Our Brains, Not Eyes, See Color

Our Brains, Not Eyes, See Color

Researchers from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University have uncovered that the brain plays a critical role in color perception. According to their study, it is the brain – and not the eyes – that assigns colors to objects; ...

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Making Cancer Cells Glow

Researchers at AntiCancer Incorporated in San Diego, California and at Okayama University in Japan are developing a virus that makes cancer cells permanently glow. A fluorescence gene derived from jellyfish is integrated into tumors using a modified cold virus. The ...

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SEM of Untreated Water Specimen

SEM of Untreated Water Specimen

This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an untreated water specimen extracted from a wild stream mainly used to control flooding during inclement weather, revealed the presence of unidentified organisms, which included bacteria, protozoa, and algae. In this particular view, ...

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Sea Lamprey’s Genome Mystery

Sea Lamprey’s Genome Mystery

Researchers have discovered that the sea lamprey, which emerged from jawless fish first appearing 500 million years ago, dramatically remodels its genome. Shortly after a fertilized lamprey egg divides into several cells, the growing embryo discards millions of units of ...

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Planning Ahead Bacteria

Planning Ahead Bacteria

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute in Israel, led by Prof. Yitzhak Pilpel, have recently shown that bacteria can anticipate certain future events in their environment and prepare for the upcoming changes. According to the scientists, these findings do not only ...

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DNA ‘Origami’

DNA ‘Origami’

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts found a way to create multilayered objects from DNA strings. These tiny structures may be used as biomedical nanodevices that could deliver drugs into specific cells, thus aiding the battle against various ...

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Counting Cells

Counting Cells

Scientists from MIT and Boston University have developed biological cells that can count and ‘remember’ cellular events by creating simple circuits through a series of genes that are activated in a precise order. These circuits, which the scientists say simulate ...

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Lamarck Making a Comeback?

Scientists from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, under the direction of Professor Larry Feig, have discovered that the severity of learning disorders in mice depends on the mother’s environment when she was young. If these results are ...

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Spectroscopy Detects Pesticides on Produce

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a new method for detecting pesticides on produce. The new method uses plasma to aim molecules from the surface of fruits or vegetables into a quadruple time of ...

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