Tuning PARP inhibitor drug amps up its cancer-killing power

With modification a PARP inhibitor drug that's struggled in clinical trials kills cancer much more effectively, researchers say.

Melissa Moody-Penn • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna cancer enzymes health-and-medicine medications

Modern humans and Neanderthals share tangled genetic past

New research adds to growing evidence that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals not just once, but over and over again throughout history.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dna evolution neanderthals science-and-technology early-humans ancient-history

Oldest human genetic data may expand our ‘family tree’

The oldest human genetic data ever recovered could shed light on the evolution of our ancestors and clarify the branches of the human family tree.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna evolution neanderthals fossils science-and-technology early-humans

‘DNA origami’ motor rolls over nano speed record

Researchers have created the world's fastest nanoscale motor with "DNA origami." It could be the first step to nanobots that can deliver drugs and more.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna nanotechnology health-and-medicine speed

DNA ‘replication catastrophe’ could kill cancer cells

Human DNA replication is a lot looser than researchers thought. A tweak to the process could even kill cancer cells, researchers say.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna cancer health-and-medicine

Revived woolly mammoth genes shed light on their final days

To study one of the last groups of woolly mammoths, researchers brought back some of their genes. The findings paint a grim picture of their slide to extinction.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dna genes extinction woolly-mammoth featured earth-and-environment

Cat DNA map sheds light on rare syndrome

Researchers created a DNA map of a domestic cat with Chédiak-Higashi syndrome to find the genetic cause behind the rare condition.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: dna genes cats health-and-medicine

‘Bilingual molecule’ combines two coding languages of life

The synthesized "bilingual molecule" could become a powerful tool for diagnostics, gene therapy, and drug delivery that targets specific cells.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: dna proteins amino-acids drug-delivery science-and-technology

Proteins writhe like snakes to help fold up DNA

Until now, nobody has been able to take a close look at the condensin and cohesin proteins that wrangle DNA into shape.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Jan. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna proteins science-and-technology

Without ‘mind bomb’ protein, adenovirus infection fails

Adenoviruses need one protein to unpack their DNA to infect human cells and without it, the infection fails. The finding could lead to new antivirals.

U. Zurich • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: dna viruses infections proteins health-and-medicine immune-systems

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