Mar 10, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Why staph, a common bacteria, induces severe illness
As much as we try to avoid it, we constantly share germs with those around us. But, even when two people have the same infection, their response can be dramatically different — mild for one, severe or life-threatening for another.
Mar 9, 2017-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
A gene that makes the sexes different
A "master gene" regulates physical differences between males and females. Only one gene makes physical traits of each sex unique.
Mar 8, 2017-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Cell fusion proteins link sex to viruses
Sexual reproduction and viral infections actually have a lot in common. New research points out how both processes rely on a single protein, Armc5, to enable fusion between any two cell walls. For example: the fusion of a virus to a cell wall, or the fusion of a sperm cell to an egg cell.
Mar 7, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Can math explain our growth and diseases?
A biologist and mathematician are studying mathematics in biology. Their goal is to recreate the mathematics behind the "emergence of function" within a cell. They want to give biologists algorithms for cell division in development, and possibly, how to predict when it will go wrong in cancers.
Mar 6, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
A gene that reinforces maternal attachment?
A particular variation in the serotonin gene SLC6A4, makes some children four times more likely to strongly attach to their mothers. The observation was made following a mentoring program for their mothers to improve mom's own attachment behaviors.