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Researchers tackle fake medicine with uncrackable puzzles
January 20, 2020 -- Protecting patients from consuming counterfeit medicines is an urgent need. A new uncrackable authentication system is being developed with the use of degradable fluorescent proteins. Researchers from Purdue University are developing edible "security tags" that can be embedded on medicines. The work was published in Nature Communications on January 16.  Discuss
Correlative microscopy provides view of subcellular components
January 17, 2020 -- As technology improves and knowledge of molecular biology increases, there is a need to view and analyze the complex organization of cells. That's become possible thanks to a new methodology based on correlative microscopy, which uses a combination of fluorescence and electron microscopy to seamlessly zoom in and out of a sample. The protocol was described in Science on January 17.  Discuss
Even scientists need to build their online brand
January 16, 2020 -- Maybe you entered science because you were more interested in the pursuit of knowledge than in business applications like sales and marketing. But even scientists need to market themselves by building their online brand. Fortunately, today's social media tools can help you do so easily.  Discuss
Scientists learn how lactate contributes to cancer formation
January 15, 2020 -- Previously considered a waste product of metabolism, lactate may play a crucial role in cancer growth, according to a study published in Frontiers in Oncology on January 14. Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus explored how lactate affects transcription of oncogenes in breast cancer cells.  Discuss
Scientists in the Lab: Featuring Lisa Mustachio
January 15, 2020 -- Continuing our feature series this January, ScienceBoard is happy to highlight the work of laboratory scientists, including Lisa Maria Mustachio, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Discuss
Dietary probiotics show potential to reverse Parkinson's symptoms
January 14, 2020 -- Roundworms that were fed a commercially available dietary probiotic showed less buildup of proteins that form during the progression of Parkinson's disease in a new study, published in Cell Reports on January 14. The finding provides further evidence of a link between the gut microbiome and brain function.  Discuss
Research sheds light on how bacteria 'take one for the team'
January 13, 2020 -- It's already known that bacteria under assault by phages can occasionally program themselves to die before they become infected. But a pair of new papers published January 10 in Molecular Cell sheds more light on the process by which bacteria "take one for the team." The findings could provide new avenues in the treatment of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections.  Discuss
Scientists in the Lab: Featuring Nicole Lindor
January 13, 2020 -- ScienceBoard is happy to continue to feature scientists in the lab this month. The next scientist we are featuring is Nicole Lindor, a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University.  Discuss
Control of molecular 'doormen' in fat cells offers potential new obesity treatment
January 10, 2020 -- New treatment options for obesity could emerge from a study published in Nature Communications on January 10. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine utilized cellular and molecular approaches to identify pathways to restore the healthy balance of fat cells.  Discuss
Bacterial evolution reveals method to fight antibacterial resistance
January 9, 2020 -- Different types of bacteria have evolved to develop unique mechanisms for achieving the same antibacterial function -- a finding that could lead to new ways to combat antibacterial resistance, according to scientists from Trinity College Dublin. They tested their findings using methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a study that was published in Nature Communications on January 9.  Discuss
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