Plants kill cells so they don’t pop

To stop their cells from exploding after a downpour, plants trigger them to self-destruct. Now researchers know more about how.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: water plants rain cells science-and-technology

2D nanosheets show promise for stopping cancer cells

Light-responsive biomaterials, such as the 2D nanosheets, "have a strong potential for developing the next generation of noninvasive, precise, and controllable medical devices."

Jennifer Reiley-Texas A&M • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer nanotechnology light materials-science cells health-and-medicine

Computer models may make lab-grown meat cheaper

Lab-grown meat is still too expensive for the large scale, but computer models could make it cheaper, say researchers.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability food money cells meat featured earth-and-environment

The malaria parasite has its own internal clock

Understanding how the malaria parasite keeps time could help develop new weapons against a disease that kills a child every two minutes.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: malaria cells parasites health-and-medicine immune-systems

One protein eases problems when cancer cells divide

A protein that plays a vital role in cancer cell division could be a new target for drugs or treatments, researchers say.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer cells health-and-medicine mitosis

ACE2: the molecule that helps coronavirus invade your cells

A molecule responsible for lowering our blood pressure also helps coronavirus get into our cells and replicate. And it occurs more in men than in women.

David C Gaze, Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry, University of Westminster • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus blood-pressure severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars ace2 cells sars-cov2

Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.

Reid Thompson, Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: genetics covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology genes t-cells immune-cells disease viruses research-brief white-blood-cells immune cells computational-biology

We found and tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus: Results show promising leads and a whole new way to fight COVID-19

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, identified nine existing drugs that show promise to treat COVID-19. The proteins they target haven't been tried before.

Nevan Krogan, Professor and Director of Quantitative Biosciences Institute & Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: drugs health drug-discovery covid-19 coronavirus rna fda sars-cov-2 viruses hydroxychloroquine cells progesterone treatments anti-virals

Nanoparticles enter living cells to gather cancer clues

A new imaging technique sends nanoparticles into living cells to reveal important information about cell structure—including how tumor cells physically change as they form a tumor.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cancer nanotechnology cells health-and-medicine imaging-technology

Team captures cellular ‘muscle’ movement in detail

Cellular 'muscles' enable cells to exert forces outside of themselves and to propagate. Now, researchers have visualized their movement.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
April 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cells proteins muscles science-and-technology imaging-technology

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