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Doubling up on ‘junk DNA’ helps make us human

 Doubling up on some DNA may have helped make humans human — including giving us uniquely human diseases. DNA that doesn’t produce proteins may be especially...

Superbugs may meet their match in these nanoparticles

Antibiotics may have a new teammate in the fight against drug-resistant infections. Researchers have engineered nanoparticles to produce chemicals that render bacteria more vulnerable...

New Human Protein-Based Surgical Glue Seals Wounds in 60 Seconds

A biocompatible and highly elastic hydrogel sealant can effectively seal wounds in shape-shifting tissues without the need for common staples or sutures, a new...

Luhan Yang strives to make pig organs safe for human transplants

Biologist Luhan Yang dreams of pig organs that will one day fly — into people. If she has her way, animal farms will raise...

Light-activated nanoparticles can supercharge current antibiotics

Light-activated nanoparticles, also known as quantum dots, can provide a crucial boost in effectiveness for antibiotic treatments used to combat drug-resistant superbugs such as...

MIT Researchers Reveal a New Strategy for Halting Brain Tumors

MIT biologists have discovered a fundamental mechanism that helps brain tumors called glioblastomas grow aggressively. After blocking this mechanism in mice, the researchers were...

Less Than Half of Americans Got Their Flu Shots Last Year

Less than half of all Americans ages 6 months and up got their flu shots last year, leaving a majority of people unvaccinated against...

Mini-protein rapid design method opens way to create a new class of drugs

Scientists have created a high-speed method to generate thousands of different, small, stable proteins from scratch that can be custom-designed to bind to specific...

Genes are controlled by ‘Nano footballs,’ scientists discover

Research at the University of York has revealed that genes are controlled by 'nano footballs' -- structures that look like footballs but 10 million...

‘Hijacking’ Cells: Scientists Aim to Create More Powerful Cell Building Blocks

Components of cells known as organelles helped kick-start complex life on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago. And now, researchers are trying to...