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Crystallizing steps towards improving drug and vaccines development

Image: Crystal

Our body consists of countless molecules: water, micro- and macro-elements, sugars, fatty acids, proteins and others.

We function as precise, self-regulated machines, in which every single part has it's own role. 

Proteins, tiny structures with fully determined behaviour by the 3D structure, are designed to fulfill very specific tasks.

To control a process they have to collaborate with each other: some need to form complicated aggregates, others attach to a non-protein molecule, which allows for changing their 3D arrangement and function afterwards.

Some perform their tasks swimming freely around while others are bound into liquid-crystal structures called membranes.

The direct dependency between protein...

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They...

Brain Map for Language

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Worms, Neurons, and What Scientists are Learning about Behavior Variability

Red light stimulates the worm neurons, giving scientists an idea of how they respond to environment
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Active body = Active mind

Physical activity helps motor function in elderly
A recent study has revealed that physical activity in healthy older adults may act as a protection from brain damage and aid in preserving motor...

From Scorpion Toxins to Drug Discovery

Scorpion toxins provide interesting insights in the lab
When a scorpion stings someone, its toxins attack specific regions in the human body, interrupting electric signals to the brain. Depending on the...

Will future sunscreens come in a pill?

It is June and in Europe the summer is on. The allure of beach time has made some of us work out, so that we could show off our muscles during sun...

"Sweet nectar for me", says the sick bumblebee

Bee useful
Several animals reach inside Mother Nature's medicine cabinet when they get sick. Chimps with parasitic worms have been observed swallowing whole...

A Sweet Deal for Antibiotics

Scientists have shown that a concentrated extract of maple syrup has the capacity to make disease-causing bacteria more vulnerable to antibiotics.

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The Benefits of Music Therapy

Exposure to music influences how genes are read and processed in the brain.
Being a parent you must have heard about the good impact of classical music on child development. You have read that music helps the young ones...

The Hunt is On: Scientists Track Parasitic Diseases with Satellite Data

Mapping Parasites: Scientists -Gerard Kelly and Willie Batarii Embark on Hunt to Eradicate Diseases like Malaria, Using Satellite Data
Mosquitos droning lazily in the Solomon Islands spell danger for households without mosquito netting or insecticides to protect them from malaria.

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Cancer: A game of clones

A game theory model explains social interactions between cancer cells.
What comes to mind first when you think of game theory? Probably political science, economics, computer science, logic etc. but certainly not biology...

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