Genomics
Shortage of RNA extraction kits threatens coronavirus testing
The weak link in the U.S. response to diagnostic testing for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 could be a shortage of RNA extraction kits. Fortunately, suppliers of RNA purification kits are working overtime to get more kits into circulation, according to Alice Kan of Strategic Directions International. Read More
Gene amplification can be responsible for functional innovation in bacteria
Researchers have gained a greater understanding of how gene amplifications rapidly tune levels of gene expression when gene regulation is required but when no other molecular regulatory mechanisms are in place. This research was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution on March 9. Read More
New machinery digests toxic proteins to protect DNA replication
Researchers have identified molecular machinery that helps repair damaged DNA that occurs during DNA replication and transcription. This work, published in Nature Communications on March 9, reveals how specific enzymes "eat" or break down proteins that cause broken DNA. Read More
Bacteria survive by possessing multiple genes to uptake the same amino acid
Researchers have long known that the uptake systems in clonal cells can differ based on their environments. Scientists reported their observations of this amino acid uptake pathway in bacteria for the first time in a new study published March 5 in Nature Communications. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Biopharma processing market shows early indicators of strong 2020
The biopharmaceutical processing market shows early indicators of strong 2020, according to our partners Strategic Directions International and Kalorama Information, which are developing an upcoming report on the sector. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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