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Mitochondria Drive Cell Survival in Times of Need

The research, published in Molecular Cell, builds on previous work by McGill professor Nahum Sonenberg, one of the senior authors of the new study. Cells in our body grow in size, mass and numbers through a process governed by a master regulator known as mTOR (Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin). Sonenberg discovered years

Ricin only Lethal in Combination with Sugar

The plant toxin ricin is one of the most poisonous naturally occurring proteins, making it an extremely dangerous bioweapon. Ricin attacks have made the headlines a number of times over the years, including the spectacular "umbrella murder" in London in the 1970s, or more recently the ricin letters addressed to

Nanocapsules Enable Cell-Inspired Metabolic Reactions

Metabolic processes inside living organisms involve a large variety of bio-molecules. These molecules are produced by specific enzymatic reactions. One example of such a bio-molecule is glucose-6-phosphate, a metabolite that is involved in important metabolic processes. It is central in the degradation of carbohydrates and can also be converted further

3-D-printed Biomaterials that Degrade on Demand

"It's a bit like Legos," said Ian Wong, an assistant professor in Brown's School of Engineering and co-author of the research. "We can attach polymers together to build 3-D structures, and then gently detach them again under biocompatible conditions." The research is published in the journal Lab on a Chip. The Brown team

A Tiny Device Offers Insights to How Cancer Spreads

What if there were a way to find those early aggressors? How are they different from the rest of the cells? And more importantly: Is there a way to stop them before they spread? These questions drove a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Michigan

Zika Virus Kills Brain Cancer Stem Cells

The findings suggest that the lethal power of the virus -- known for infecting and killing cells in the brains of fetuses, causing babies to be born with tiny, misshapen heads -- could be directed at malignant cells in the brain. Doing so potentially could improve people's chances against a

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