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A Protein Biography: 30 Years of Evolutionary Genetics Research

A Protein Biography: 30 Years of Evolutionary Genetics Research

Illustration courtesy of Anmei Little. In the era of high-resolution imaging and advanced computer modeling, scientists can see a protein’s composition in great detail and gain extensive information about its properties and function. However, these images are only transient snapshots

Probiotic Plants: Newly Discovered Protein Regulates the Plant Biome

Probiotic Plants: Newly Discovered Protein Regulates the Plant Biome

Image courtesy of Jennifer Yoon A new gene cluster discovered by Professor Konstantin Severinov’s lab at Rutgers encodes a peptide that provides legumous plants with extra power. This peptide acts as an antibiotic that endows the plants with enhanced resistance

Killing Cancerous Cells: Using Genetically Engineered T-Cells to Target Tumors

Killing Cancerous Cells: Using Genetically Engineered T-Cells to Target Tumors

Cancer is estimated to affect forty percent of individuals in the United States at some point in their lifetimes. Cancer is marked by rapid, unchecked cell growth and proliferation, which has led researchers to investigate and refine cytotoxic, or cell-killing,

Take a Deep Breath of Fresh mRNA

Take a Deep Breath of Fresh mRNA

Converting cells into drug synthesizers A recently published study from the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT gets glowing results, literally. Using a messenger RNA (mRNA) transcript that encodes for the bioluminescent, light-emitting protein, called luciferase, MIT researchers

Stopping Seizures at Their Source: Keeping an Eye on the Ion

Stopping Seizures at Their Source: Keeping an Eye on the Ion

Scientists are stopping seizures at their source with a new, dry drug delivery method that is efficient, effective, and electrophoretic. This new strategy could swiftly and efficiently stop epileptic seizures. According to the CDC, epilepsy affects approximately 1.2% of the

Giving Genes PiggyBac Rides

Giving Genes PiggyBac Rides

New technology that enables certain segments of DNA to “jump” around the genome via a cut and paste method can serve as a more cost-effective, time-efficient alternative to using STEM cells