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For More Accurate Echolocation, Bats Wiggle Ears and Noses

Virginia Tech researchers have discovered that these tiny movements pack more information into ultrasound pulses the bats send and receive, helping them locate objects around them.

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Beckman Foundation Awards University of Utah $2.5 Million for Atomic-Scale Microscope

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The University of Utah is one of just five institutions in the world to be awarded a $2.5 million grant to purchase a state of the art cryo-electron microscope (cryo-EM), the Beckman Foundation announced today. The microscope, which will be able to visualize the structure of proteins and DNA at an atom-by-atom scale, will be installed in the Crocker Science Center, currently under construction. The microscope’s resolution is fine enough to see details such as the double-helix and ladder structure of DNA, said biochemistry professor Wesley Sundquist.

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Bisphenol A (BPA), Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Obesity, Endocrinology, Fatty Liver Disease, Infancy, ENDO 2017, Endocrine Society, Baylor College Of Medicine

Early-Life BPA Exposure Reprograms Gene Expression Linked to Fatty Liver Disease

Exposure during infancy to the common plasticizer bisphenol A (BPA) “hijacks” and reprograms genes in the liver of newborn rats, leading to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in adulthood. A new study has found how this process occurs, and researchers will present the results Saturday at ENDO 2017, the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

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FSU Researchers Are Helping to Lay a Research-Based Foundation on the Gender Disparity in STEM Fields

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RNA Biologist Kristen Lynch Appointed Chair of Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Penn

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Kristen W. Lynch, PhD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, following eight years as a tenured faculty member in the department.

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University of Arkansas Chemist Receives $1.5 Million Award From the National Institutes of Health

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A new $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health will allow a University of Arkansas chemist to develop mathematical models to improve the reliability and efficiency of computer-aided drug design. The research could reduce the cost of drug discovery and lead to improvements in public health.

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Protein Folding, minimal frustration, energy landscape, PNAS, George Makhatadze, Protein Engineering, Rensselaer, Biotechnology, ancient proteins, protein reconstruction

Proteins That Can Take the Heat

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Ancient proteins may offer clues on how to engineer proteins that can withstand the high temperatures required in industrial applications, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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UAB Creates Triple-Threat Cancer-Fighting Polymer Capsules for Guided Drug Delivery

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Chemists have designed triple-threat cancer-fighting polymer capsules for guided drug delivery. They combine three traits: good imaging contrast with low-power ultrasound, stable packaging of the cancer drug doxorubicin, and ability to trigger drug release with low- or higher-power ultrasound.

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Biology, Regenerative Medicine, regenerative biology

Blind Tadpoles Learn Visually After Researchers Graft Eyes Onto Tails and Treat Them with Neurotransmitter Drugs

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Blind tadpoles were able to process visual information from eyes grafted onto their tails after being treated with a small molecule neurotransmitter drug that augmented innervation, integration, and function of the transplanted organs. The work, which used a pharmacological reagent already approved for use in humans, provides a potential road map for promoting innervation – the supply of nerves to a body part – in regenerative medicine.

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FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Journal, Experimental Biology 2017, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Medicine, Biology, Pathology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Pharmaceticals

Research Highlights for Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago, April 22-26

Cutting-edge multidisciplinary research from across the life sciences will be presented at the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting (EB 2017), the premier annual meeting of six scientific societies in Chicago to be held April 22–26.







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