Dual role of MdSND1 in the biosynthesis of lignin and in signal transduction in...

MdSND1 has conserved NAC DNA-binding regions Overexpression of AtSND1 can increase secondary cell wall thickening in Arabidopsis9. To identify SND1 in apple, we first used the AtSND1 amino acid sequence to search for orthologs in...

Curious Kids: could dinosaurs evolve back into existence?

Will there ever be dinosaurs again? — Anonymous What an interesting question! Well, technically dinosaurs are still here in the form of birds. Just like you’re a direct descendant of your grandparents, birds are the only...

COVID-19 studies should also focus on mucosal immunity, researchers argue

Credit: Douglas Levere/ University at Buffalo BUFFALO, N.Y. — Anyone who has undergone a nasal swab or saliva test for COVID-19 knows that the virus is most easily detected in the nose and mouth. That’s...

Arthur Ashkin (1922–2020)

OBITUARY 30 November 2020 Physicist who won Nobel for optical tweezers that trap atoms and proteins. Steven Chu Steven Chu is the William R. Keenan Jr professor of physics and professor of molecular and cellular physiology at...

Which factors trigger leaf die-off in autumn?

Researchers at ETH Zurich have identified a self-regulating mechanism in European deciduous trees that limit their growing-​season length: Trees that photosynthesise more in spring and summer lose their leaves earlier in autumn. Leaves of temperate...

Study revealing the secret behind a key cellular process refutes biology textbooks

New research has identified and described a cellular process that, despite what textbooks say, has remained elusive to scientists until now – precisely how the copying of genetic material that, once started, is properly...

Researchers study the role of viral intramebrane interactions in controlling programmed cell death

A research group from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Valencia (UV), in coordination with the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB) of the CSIC, has studied the role of...

MARA project aims to use new DNA based nanotechnology to fight bacteria

Antibiotics are used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. They have played a major role in combating infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, typhoid fever, and meningitis in 20th century. However, the improper use...

FRMD6 has tumor suppressor functions in prostate cancer

1. Siegel R, Naishadham D, Jemal A. Cancer statistics, 2013. CA Cancer J Clin. 2013;63:11–30. PubMed  Article  Google Scholar  2. Steineck G, Helgesen F, Adolfsson J, Dickman PW, Johansson JE, Norlen BJ, et al. Quality of life after...

Electronic skin has a strong future stretching ahead

Credit: © 2020 KAUST A material that mimics human skin in ?strength, stretchability and sensitivity could be used to collect biological data in real time. Electronic skin,...

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