molecular biology

Plants Activate ‘Self-Eating’ Pathways When Hungry

Scientists have discovered that plants depend on autophagy to sustain themselves during starvation conditions, such as when there is insufficient sunlight.

Plants And Animals Fix DNA Differently

Unlike animals, the mechanism of DNA repair in plants is skewed towards homologous recombination and involved in their immune response to fungal infections.

Supercharged Glowing Molecules For Live Bioimaging

Researchers in Japan have engineered a synthetic bioluminescence system allowing them to observe live cells from outside the body.

Making Gene Editing More Precise

Scientists at Osaka University in Japan have developed a modified Cas9 enzyme that greatly suppresses the rate of unintended genetic mutation compared to conventional methods.

Gene Mutation Causes Hereditary Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists in Japan have used a fruit fly model to demonstrate that a mutation in the DNAJC3 gene is responsible for the death of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease.

Amino Acid Protects Liver From Oxidative Stress

Scientists in China revealed that the amino acid serine may prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by alleviating oxidative stress.

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RNA Processing Defect Causes Motor Neuron Death

Impairment of the RNA processing pathway in motor neurons is responsible for their death in Lou Gehrig's disease.

Epigenetics Explains Autoimmune Disease In Twins

In identical twins, epigenetics has a role to play in determining susceptibility to autoimmune disease, according to a study by Japanese researchers.