Missing brain protein can cause autism-like behaviors

A missing protein in the brain can cause behaviors that mimic autism, a new study shows.

Robin Lally-Rutgers | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease autism brains proteins

Can 1 protein deliver the benefits of exercise without moving?

A protein called Sestrin can mimic the benefits of exercise, research with flies on treadmills shows. The finding could help people with muscle wasting.

U. Michigan | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine exercise muscles proteins

‘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 | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

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 | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna proteins

Supercharged protein ‘factories’ could cut drug production costs

New research could help boost production of proteins for medical applications, food, agriculture, and other industries.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University | Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria drug-development proteins

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 | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

Proteins in the blood can show how old you are

Protein levels in a drop of blood can accurately predict someone's age, researchers say. The discovery sheds new light on how we age differently.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine aging biomarkers blood proteins sexes

Tiny cell ‘bots’ could make drug delivery way more targeted

With more targeted drug delivery, doctors might not have to give patients larger doses of a drug to treat a specific part of the body.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-delivery proteins

How HIV dodges our immune defenses

Our immune systems can fight off a huge range of viral invaders, but HIV can avoid a protein that specializes in hunting viruses. New research explains how.

Emily Kagey-U. Michigan | Nov. 15, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine hiv immune-systems proteins rna viruses

Orangutan is 2-million-year-old extinct ape’s closest relative

Researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary relationship between a 2 million year old extinct primate and today's living orangutan.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen | Nov. 14, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology apes dna evolution proteins teeth

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