Tag: Protein

Preserved Soft Tissues Found In Dinosaur That Looked Like Ghostbusters Monster

Fossils of the Zuul Crurivastator, an ankylosaur dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, were found to have preserved soft tissues. How does this make the specimen a rare find?

Animals May 11, 2017

Here’s The Astounding Way Water Bears Survive Dehydration

Water bears can endure being dried up for up to a decade or even longer. A new study finds that they maintain special genes encoding for disordered proteins to help them survive extreme desiccation or near 100 percent water loss.

Animals March 16, 2017

Tool For Mapping RNA-DNA Interactions Developed: Converting Gene Sequences Into Functions Made Easy

A new tool that maps out interactions between RNA and DNA molecules has been developed. MARGI works by providing a full account of RNA molecules that interact with DNA and their locations in bulk.

Biotech February 27, 2017

Here's Why Using More Sugar May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

According to a new study, glucose disables an enzyme that resists Alzheimer's disease. The new finding will help in devising a new approach to finding a cure for Alzheimer's.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Scientists Find 195-Million-Year-Old Collagen In Dinosaur Bone

Scientists have found ancient collagen and other iron-rich proteins in the bones of a Jurassic-era dinosaur. What helped preserve the soft tissue for nearly 200 million years?

Animals January 31, 2017

Drug Compound Found To Halt, Prevent Brain Damage Related To Alzheimer’s Disease

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says a synthetic molecule can reverse neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, by inhibiting the production of tau protein tangles.

Neuroscience January 27, 2017

Scripps Researchers Create First Stable Semisynthetic Organism In The Lab

By aligning both natural and man-made bases in the genetic code of single-celled bacteria, biologists at the Scripps Research Institute led by Floyd Romesberg developed the first ever stable semi-synthetic organism.

Biotech January 26, 2017

Low Blood Levels Of Protein May Affect Kidney Function

According to a new study, low blood levels of protein could affect kidney functions in an adverse manner. The presence of the soluble klotho protein in high amounts, however, may aid in safeguarding the organ.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 20, 2017

Researchers Uncover What Goes Into Firefly ‘Wedding Gifts’

How do male fireflies attract mates? They present 'wedding gifts,' the contents of which have been analyzed for the first time by researchers from Tufts Univeristy and MIT.

Animals December 28, 2016

Space Cucumbers Shed Light On Mysteries Of Plant Survival in Microgravity

The important role of gravity in the growth of plants has been amply demonstrated in the changes noticed in cucumber grown at the space station. Japanese researchers who examined seedlings germinated at the International Space Station drew many conclusions as ISS is known for microgravity conditions.

Space December 27, 2016

Researchers Develop New Way To See Proteins In Motion

A new imaging technique helping to see proteins in live motion has been developed. Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center made this stride by applying electric field pulses and X-ray beams on the protein strands.

Biotech December 20, 2016

High-Protein Diets Negate Diabetes-Related Benefits Of Weight Loss

Eating meat is one of the easiest ways to fulfill protein requirements for the day. However, researchers have found that women who ate too much protein had low insulin sensitivity, negating the diabetes benefits gleaned from weight loss.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 13, 2016

Water Bears Can Survive Radiation: Protective Protein Shields DNA Of Earth's Hardiest Animal

A protective protein called Dsup appears to protect the DNA of water bears from extreme conditions. Also known as tardigrades, these aquatic animals can survive intense temperatures and deadly levels of radiation.

Animals September 21, 2016

Criminals Beware: Forensic Scientists Can Identify You Based On Proteins In Your Hair

Criminal investigators may soon use protein present in hair to capture perpetrators of crime. What makes hair protein analysis different from DNA profiling and how does it work?

Material Science September 12, 2016

Eating More Meat Increases Mortality Risk, But Plant Protein Lowers It

High intake of animal protein such as eggs, meat or dairy is bad for the health and may increase risk of death, a new study has revealed. However, eating plant protein may help reduce the risk.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 1, 2016

Giant Beaver Fossil Offers Intimate Look At Ancient Proteins

The fossil of an extinct giant beaver species, which has been sitting for about 170 years in a New York museum, lends new insight into the study of ancient proteins called paleoproteomics. Learn why this young discipline matters.

Animals June 19, 2016

Brain Scan Identifies Protein Tau As Better Marker Of Alzheimer's

Brain scans reveal that tau protein is a better marker for Alzheimer's disease. By developing an imaging agent, experts were able to detect these proteins in brain scans and provide more valuable information than amyloid plaques alone.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 12, 2016

Molecular Imaging Technique Shows Protein Changes Involved In Vision

Scientists have tracked protein reaction to light, deemed the first real-time snapshots of ultra-fast reactions in a bacterial light sensor. This is seen to help us better understand life-sustaining processes such as human vision.

Energy May 8, 2016

Do Plants Form Memories? Scientist Finds 'Remembering' Protein

In an amazing discovery, plants might just be capable of forming memories, suggests a biologist from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts. A prion-like protein discovered in a plant might be responsible for its memory-making capability.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2016

Protein Therapy Reverses Symptoms Of Alzheimer's In One Week

A protein therapy was found to reverse Alzheimer's symptoms in mice. Researchers hope they can apply their work to humans plagued with the debilitating condition.

Life April 20, 2016

Scientists Identify Key Protein That Can Reverse Deadly Heart Condition

An international team of scientists identified a key protein that can potentially reverse a deadly heart condition. The findings raise hopes for the development of newer treatments.

Life March 31, 2016

Flu Trap That Captures Viruses Stops Spread Of Infection

UK researchers developed a so-called germ trap with a virus capture rate of over 99 percent. The technology is believed to be an affordable product in the future that can be incorporated in filters of masks and air filtration systems.

Life March 22, 2016

High Protein Meals Make You Feel Fuller: Study

A new study has found that a high-protein diet may increase feelings of fullness and therefore potentially help in weight loss. Remember, though, that protein is not a magic bullet for losing all the excess pounds.

Life March 5, 2016

PET Scans Show Promise As Tool To Detect Early Signs Of Alzheimer's Disease

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease is vital to the treatment of patients. A new study revealed that PET scans may be an effective tool in detecting early signs of the neurodegenerative disease.

Life March 4, 2016

Influenza Virus Can Hide From Body's Immune System

When a virus enters the body, the immune system acts to fight it. Researchers found that influenza can cheat the body's protective mechanism and go undetected.

Life February 26, 2016

Scientists Say They’ve Found The Elusive ‘Holy Grail’ Of Losing Fat And Gaining Muscle

A new study has found the 'holy grail' of losing fat and gaining weight. The process is gruelling but with disciplined weeks of correct diet and intense exercise, it can be done.

Life January 30, 2016

Protein That Fights Viral Infection May Also Trigger Cancer

Researchers found that a protein that fights viral infection also triggers cancer. The protein called APOBEC is said to take advantage during the weak parts of the DNA replication process, thus causing mutations.

Life January 26, 2016

Blueprint Of Protein Linked To Pain, Heat Perception May Lead To Better Chronic Pain Treatment

Researchers have created a blueprint of protein associated with heat detection and pain. Findings can lead to better designed drugs, which target these receptors that could treat chronic pain in people.

Life January 19, 2016

Protein Compass May Explain How Animals Detect Magnetic Fields And Find Their Way Home

Chinese scientists discovered tiny, protein-based biological compasses in fruit flies that also appear in pigeon, rat, whale, butterfly and human cells. They said these rod-like compasses make animals' magnetic sensing possible.

Animals November 17, 2015

How The Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Health: 4 Healthy Must-Try Dishes

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have discovered that individuals who follow the Mediterranean diet benefit from better protection against degenerative brain diseases. Here are four simple and easy-to-prepare dishes to start off a Mediterranean diet.

Life October 23, 2015

Soon There Could Be Slow-Melting Ice Cream And You Have To Thank A Bacteria For That

Ice cream cones may cool down the heat but with the messy way of eating it, people tend to get all the more frustrated. Now, a team of scientists was able to find a way to create slow-melting ice cream through the help of the most unconventional ingredient: bacteria.

August 31, 2015

Thank Protein Called PTBP1, Because Of It Humans Are Smarter Than Chickens

Scientists discovered a single molecular event that may shed light on why humans are the smartest among the rest of those in the animal world. The process called alternative splicing (AS) leads to the creation of many proteins in the brain from one single cell.

Life August 24, 2015

OSU Researchers Unveil Superfood Seaweed That Tastes Just Like Bacon

Experts at the Oregon State University originally planned to grow high-quality abalone by feeding it with a new strain of algae. However, a business professor saw the potential of the patented seaweed as a superfood that surprisingly tastes like bacon.

Life July 15, 2015

Eating Proteins Before Carbs Is Good For Diabetics: Here Are Some Tips How To Lower Blood Sugar Naturally

Eating protein and vegetables before carbohydrates has been shown to lower post-meal glucose and insulin levels. Here are other natural ways to lower blood sugar.

Life June 28, 2015

Eating Protein Before Carbs May Have Major Effect On Diabetes Patients

Experts suggest that people with diabetes may lower their blood glucose and insulin levels by modifying the order at which they consume their meals. A new study found that eating protein-rich food before carbs may have a major impact on obese and diabetes patients.

Life June 26, 2015

Scientists Accidentally Discover Protein That Can Boost Immune System Against Cancer

It didn’t even have any function before and now, researchers are saying, a protein has the ability to fight cancer and improve the body’s ability to ward off viruses.

Life April 17, 2015

Researchers Identify Protein Tied To Avian Navigation Using Earth Magnetic Field

Researchers find a protein that may be related to the navigation ability of birds. The migration of many birds involve flying thousands of miles.

Earth/Environment March 3, 2015

College Student Goes On 30-Day Insect Diet: What Is It Like So Far?

Carmen Brantley-Rios shed a tear the first time he bit into a cockroach. Now, he does not just add into his meals, he also eats them for snacks.

Life March 2, 2015

Teens Who Skip Breakfast Should Increase Protein Intake During Mornings

Breakfast skippers who start to eat breakfast should increase their protein intake to improve glycemic control, which could affect a person's risks for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications.

Life February 27, 2015

Skin Test May Soon Be Used To Detect Early Signs Of Dementia

As with other conditions, detecting dementia early can aid in managing symptoms sooner, helping make the situation more manageable for a patient. A skin test may help make this possible.

Life February 25, 2015

Bodybuilders Are Slurping Breast Milk To Build Muscle But Is It A Good Idea?

The belief that breast milk can boost muscle building is wrong and the practice is unhealthy given potential for bacteria and disease, experts say. There is no scientific evidence that breast milk can do the adult body good.

Life February 18, 2015

Scientists Figure Out How To Make Steaks From Plants

Want to eat meat but none of the ill effects? Try plant protein. Scientists may be able to help you with their work on soy, pea and algae coming along nicely.

February 13, 2015

Can You Unboil An Egg? UC Irvine Scientists Have Figured Out How

"Unboiling" an egg may seem pointless, but it could have a dramatic impact in biotechnology, researchers say. It's all to do with proteins and how they form and re-form, they say.

January 25, 2015

Amino Acids in Protein Can Be Assembled Without DNA and mRNA: Study

DNA is known to provide the instructions for the production of proteins, but researchers have found evidence that amino acids can be assembled by another protein and without instructions from the DNA and mRNA.

Life January 3, 2015

New leukemia T-cell therapy leads to remarkable remission rates

T-cell therapy could hold promise for young people suffering from leukemia, according to a new study that showed potentially remarkable results.

Life October 16, 2014

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