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With three first-in-human trials, therapeutic stem cell science takes a bold step at UC San Diego ...

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Researchers at the University of California, Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, ...

Structure of an iron-transport protein revealed

For the first time, the three dimensional structure of the protein that is essential for iron import into cells, has been elucidated. Biochemists of the University of Zurich have paved the way towards a better understanding of iron metabolism. ... Full story

​NTU scientists discover new molecule from local herb with potential for drug development

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have discovered a new molecule which can join together chains of amino acids – the building blocks of protein. ... Full story

Lab-developed intestinal organoids form mature human tissue in mice

Study produces unprecedented model to study intestinal diseases ... Full story

UCLA research could help improve bladder function among people with spinal cord injuries

Study addresses a critical health problem for those who are paralyzed ... Full story

Scientific breakthrough will help design the antibiotics of the future

Scientists have used computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics – a breakthrough which will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future. ... Full story

Discovery Leads to Better Understanding of Polydactyly

An unexpected mechanism is at the root of a congenital disorder in newborns that causes the formation of additional fingers or toes and is often accompanied by abnormalities in the brain and craniofacial structure, new research from Weill Cornell Medical College indicates. ... Full story

Stem cells' rapid response due to short-lived RNA messages

Stem cells stay developmentally nimble by actively targeting key RNA messages for destruction. Researchers say this 'anti-epigenetics' works to ensure the transience of genetic information. ... Full story

Novel RNAi-Based Therapy for Anemia Stimulates Liver to Produce EPO

New Rochelle, NY — To treat the debilitating anemia associated with reduced erythropoietin (EPO) production by the kidneys in chronic renal disease, patients are often given recombinant human EPO to increase hemoglobin levels. But that treatment has risks. ... Full story

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