Cell Biology
Zigzag DNA provides insight into chromosome organization
New Z-loops -- DNA folded into a zigzag structure and guided by essential condensin proteins -- have been caught on camera for the first time. The results of the study provide insight into the organization of chromosomes and were published in Nature on March 4.  Discuss
New coronavirus puts focus on the science of naming new viruses
What's in a name? Possibly a lot, when it comes to determining how to name new virus species based on genetic characteristics. The initial confusion over the naming of the novel coronavirus indicates that the scientific community still has work to do when defining the proper taxonomy of viruses, according to an article published in Nature Microbiology on March 2.  Discuss
Glia-to-neuron conversion gene therapy can treat Huntington's disease
Using adeno-associated virus technology, researchers have developed a novel gene therapy that can regenerate functional neurons in mouse models of Huntington's disease. The work was published in Nature Communications on February 27.  Discuss
3 reasons the coronavirus outbreak has been so severe
WASHINGTON, DC - Why has the current outbreak of coronavirus been so severe compared with past epidemics of viral respiratory diseases? It has to do with unique characteristics of the coronavirus itself, according to a speaker at a February 26 congressional briefing.  Discuss
Inflammatory attack comes from an unexpected source in rheumatoid arthritis
Researchers have pinpointed immune cells called natural killer cells as an unexpected source of inflammatory proteins that contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. The research was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on February 25.  Discuss
Extra copies of chromosomes can be good or bad
Researchers are developing human cell lines to explore how extra copies of chromosomes can enhance the metastasis and invasiveness of cancer cells. They explained their methodology in a study published in Developmental Cell on February 24.  Discuss
New NIH study pinpoints how coronavirus attacks cells
The continued spread of the novel 2019 coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, around the world has raised the need for a test to rapidly and efficiently screen coronaviruses to monitor rapid changes and determine how they function. Findings from ongoing U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) research, published in Nature Microbiology on February 24, offer new tools in the fight.  Discuss
3D magnetic cell culture transforms cancer therapy screening
Traditional high-throughput drug screening in oncology routinely relies on 2D cell models, which inadequately recapitulate the physiologic context of cancer. With recent technological advancements, a novel method for magnetic 3D cell culture can create pancreatic tumor models. This model may have serious effects on cancer research.  Discuss
Genomic landscape of osteosarcomas reveals why immunotherapy may not be effective
Immune profiling of osteosarcoma has revealed why immune checkpoint inhibitors might not be an effective treatment option for patients with this rare type of cancer, according to new research published online February 21 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Artificial intelligence helps researchers find new antibiotics
To address antibiotic resistance, researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that can search millions of known chemicals to find new potential antimicrobial compounds. This research, published in Cell on February 20, uncovered several promising antibiotic candidates that will move into clinical testing.  Discuss
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