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Discovery of shape of the SARS-CoV-2 genome after infection could inform new COVID-19 treatments

Scientists at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with Justus-Liebig University, Germany, have uncovered how the genome of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – uses genome origami to infect and replicate successfully inside host cells. This could inform the development of effective drugs that target specific parts of the virus genome, in the […]

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Discovery of shape of the SARS-CoV-2 genome after infection could inform new COVID-19 treatments

Scientists at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with Justus-Liebig University, Germany, have uncovered how the genome of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – uses genome origami to infect and replicate successfully inside host cells. This could inform the development of effective drugs that target specific parts of the virus genome, in the […]

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Dueling proteins give shape to plants

Wagner’s groups, however, had overcome similar challenges in studying a regulator of plant chromatin in earlier work, so they were undeterred in taking on these two duelling proteins. In the current study, to flesh out TFL1 and FT1’s molecular mechanism, they first looked to see where TFL1 was found in the nuclei of plant cells, […]

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There’s a reason bacteria stay in shape

Fat bacteria? Skinny bacteria? From our perspective on high, they all seem to be about the same size. In fact, they are. Precisely why has been an open question, according to Rice University chemist Anatoly Kolomeisky, who now has a theory. A primal mechanism in bacteria that keeps them in their personal Goldilocks zones — that […]

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Evolutionary and heritable axes shape our brain

Every region has its place in the brain. However, it has been unclear why brain regions are located where they are. Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have defined two main axes along which brain regions are genetically organized, stretching from posterior to anterior […]

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Evolutionary and heritable axes shape our brain

Every region has its place in the brain. However, it has been unclear why brain regions are located where they are. Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have defined two main axes along which brain regions are genetically organized, stretching from posterior to anterior […]

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UVA Reveals How Genetic Differences in Fat Shape Men and Women’s Health Risks

New University of Virginia research is revealing how genetic differences in the fat in men’s and women’s bodies affect the diseases each sex is likely to get. Researchers Mete Civelek, Warren Anderson and their collaborators have determined that differences in fat storage and formation in men and women strongly affect the activity of 162 different […]

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Shape matters for light-activated nanocatalysts

Points matter when designing nanoparticles that drive important chemical reactions using the power of light. Researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) have long known that a nanoparticle’s shape affects how it interacts with light, and their latest study shows how shape affects a particle’s ability to use light to catalyze important chemical reactions. In a comparative study, LANP graduate […]