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Sugar’s Saving Graces: Reducing the strain of an active lifestyle

Sugar’s Saving Graces: Reducing the strain of an active lifestyle

Researchers studying hawk moths discover the solution to a long-standing paradox in our understanding of metabolism. An ancient biological remnant of a different time may be responsible for protecting us against the more dangerous side-effects of the oxygen we need to survive.

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Forgetting Cocaine

Forgetting Cocaine

A new Yale study has found a drug that helps rats block memories associated with cocaine.

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If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It: Curing Brain Cancer by Preventing DNA Repair

If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It: Curing Brain Cancer by Preventing DNA Repair

Broken DNA can put us on the path towards fixing cancer. Research by Peter Glazer and Ranjit Bindra of the Yale Cancer Center suggests that carcinogenic mutations most current therapies aim to repair can instead serve as selecting agents for better drug targeting with DNA repair inhibitors.

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The Clock Keeps Ticking: How the circadian clock helps regulate gene expression

The Clock Keeps Ticking: How the circadian clock helps regulate gene expression

Normal physiological function requires the periodic expression of genes corresponding roughly to a 24 hour cycle. Researchers from the University of California have investigated the molecular nature of the circadian clock responsible for coordinating activity levels of genes to the day-night cycle.

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SNAREs: Optimizing Membrane Fusion Understanding the importance of fusion activation energy

SNAREs: Optimizing Membrane Fusion Understanding the importance of fusion activation energy

A recent measurement of the activation energy of spontaneous membrane fusion has important implications for understanding how membrane fusion is optimized in cells.

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Cracking The Code of mRNA Regulation

Cracking The Code of mRNA Regulation

Yale researchers have developed a technique to decode a heretofore-undeciphered language – that which governs the survival and destruction of our transcriptomes.

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Protecting Pancreatic Proteins

Protecting Pancreatic Proteins

New research into the mechanism by which insulin is secreted from the cell, may provide insight into Type II diabetes and how his pathway is hindered affected individuals.

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Reading Your Annotated Code: Mapping cytosine methylation with Nanopore sequencing

Reading Your Annotated Code: Mapping cytosine methylation with Nanopore sequencing

DNA methylation plays an important role in gene expression and cancer, and a new paper in Nature Methods presents a novel method for determining methylation sites using Nanopore sequencing.

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A Fatty, Hairy Secret: How fat, hair, and sweat help heal wounds

A Fatty, Hairy Secret: How fat, hair, and sweat help heal wounds

Studying the center of certain types of wounds shows how skin with fat, hair, and sweat glands actually are the key to healing wounds. This could offer new insight into the way we treat serious wounds!

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Silly Bacteria: Tricks are for Kids

Silly Bacteria: Tricks are for Kids

The influence of pathogens, either directly or indirectly, to manipulate vector microbiota for their own benefit, has not been very well described. This study has demonstrated that a pathogen can effectively “trick” vector microbiota and enhance infection. This allows better colonization of the vector.

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