New lung model raises hopes for more realistic modeling of new drugs and therapies.
Visualizing cell membranes using a plasma membrane-on-a-chip
Compared to other platforms, this new “on-a-chip” system allows membrane proteins to be studied in their natural state.
A switch to turn off genes: RNA interference
Understanding the mechanisms by which genes can be “turned off” could be a powerful means of pest control.
Circadian rhythm in cognitive and physical health
The growing field of circadian biology is advancing our understanding of rhythms and represents a model of balance to help inform medicine.
Smooth or with a snap? The mechanics of the Venus flytrap
The reopening of the Venus flytrap may not always be smooth, and new research challenges our previous assumptions about its mechanics.
Bleeding controlled with snake venom
Heavy bleeding could be stopped using a new formula based on proteins found in snake venom.
Plant immunity to fungal pathogens developed millions of years ago
As plants evolved to live on land, so too did their immune systems, offering protection against dangerous fungi.
How bloodworms build their copper teeth
Scientists uncover how one small protein juggles multiple roles in shaping the bloodworm’s fang-like copper teeth.
RNA thermometers to bring down bacteria from the inside
RNA thermometers help regulate bacterial infection and targeting them might be a way toward fighting antibiotic resistance.
Decoding the language of cells with virtual modeling
To understand the progression of diseases, such as angiogenesis, researchers have turned to computers to model complex biological processes.