Journal Club

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Category Archives: Biochemistry

Identifying antibiotic “elicitors” with a new high throughput approach

Most clinically used antibiotics actually originate from bacteria, derived from small molecules produced by gene clusters in the microbes. Recent investigations have revealed that most bacterial gene clusters are inactive or “silent,” raising hopes that finding ways to activate them … Continue reading

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Printing living cells with “woodblocks”

The inkjet printer technology often seen in offices is now finding use in research that uses suspensions of living cells as their ink to explore ways to manufacture complex tissues and organs. However, inkjet-based cell printing leaves many cells damaged … Continue reading

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In the deepest deep, fish can’t take the pressure

Living at the bottom of the Mariana Trench would feel like 50 jumbo jets were piled on top of you. Surveys of our planet’s watery depths reveal that life can thrive even at these outrageously high pressures. But fish, it … Continue reading

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Why mitochondrial mutants accumulate in aging cells

Why do we grow old and die? The question is a scientific conundrum, as well as an existential one. While scientific answers are sparse, two biologists from the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University believe they’ve found a … Continue reading

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Real-time zinc sensor

Metal ions from calcium to zinc help the human body stay healthy, performing key roles in signaling pathways of living cells. Yet, nailing down exactly what each ion does, and where, is challenging, since individual molecules and ions are too … Continue reading

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