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Floppy proteins and the hidden sequences they use to communicate

When the first protein structure was solved in 1958, scientists knew they had broken into a new frontier of biology. They felt that a protein’s structure would reveal all the secrets of its function, and almost 70 years down the line, over 150,000 structures have... click to read more

  • Theresa Hwang | PhD Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Amy Keating | Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Views 529
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 11, 2022
One Step Closer To Having Diabetes Under Control

Imagine yourself walking on a wire between two cliffs. You have to stay as stable as possible, taking into account the wind, the tension in the rope and your movements. It seems difficult, doesn't it? Yet, this is what daily life looks like for people... click to read more

  • Mélanie Kintzinger | Master student at Faculty of science, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 663
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 15, 2022
Long-dead dinosaurs support new life

Modern scientific equipment has revolutionized the study of hidden life. Advances in genetic sequencing allow us to discover mysterious worlds of diverse microbes in Earth's harshest environments or within our bodies. Life also hides from us through time. Studying long-extinct creatures can be challenging. We must... click to read more

  • Evan T. Saitta | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, USA
Views 5624
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 20, 2019
Exercise helps restore aged muscles

Much like parts on an older car become rusted and need to be replaced, muscle cells can accumulate damage which may contribute to declines in function with age. But instead of going to a mechanic, a trip to the gym may stimulate the replacement of... click to read more

  • Matthew Robinson | Assistant Professor at School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331, USA
  • Sreekumaran Nair | Professor at Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
Views 8880
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 20, 2018