• Zombie protein snapped at high resolution for the first time ever

    The first atomic-level look at the structure of lethal infectious prions.

    Dubbed the ‘zombie protein’, infectious prions wreak havoc in the brain and lead to fatal neurodegenerative diseases,...

    Biology August 24, 2021
  • How teeth sense cold temperatures

    New research identifies a protein in teeth that senses the cold.

    Cold teeth can be painful, particularly if they’re decayed. In a new paper, published in Science Advances, scientists...

    Biology March 27, 2021
  • The simple protein that started all life

    And could help NASA find life on other planets.

    Scientists believe they have discovered a simple protein that started all life 3.5 to 2.5 billion years ago, publishi...

    Astrobiology March 17, 2020
  • Generating electricity 'out of thin air'

    Researchers unveil a new device powered by a microbe.

    Scientists in the US have developed a device they say uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in t...

    Energy February 17, 2020
  • Brain activity linked to longevity

    Long-lived individuals have less excitable neurons.

    A team led by genetics researchers from Harvard Medical School has discovered that a protein named REST helps you liv...

    Behaviour October 16, 2019
  • Looking inside living brain cells

    Super-resolution microscopy provide unprecedented access.

    Australian researchers have used super-resolution microscopy to observe key molecules at work inside living brain cel...

    Biology August 4, 2019
  • Alpha-synuclein is one of the good guys

    Study reveals crucial role in DNA repair.

    Aggregates of the protein alpha-synuclein, known as Lewy bodies, have long been connected to Parkinson's disease and ...

    Medicine July 29, 2019
  • Beetle juice anti-freeze?

    Beetle proteins could revolutionise everything.

    Beetles adapted to life at temperatures as low as minus-40 or minus-50 degrees Celsius may hold clues to everything f...

    Chemistry April 7, 2019
  • Sushi determines attitudes to insects

    Attitudes for using insects as protein sources are complex.

    Attitudes to sushi are good predictors of people’s willingness to chow down on insects, researchers have found.In m...

    Behaviour March 13, 2019
  • A protein chaperone

    Microscopy helps reveal a potential therapeutic.

    This is an extreme close-up of a protein called Hsp104, found in a fungus called Calcarisporiella Thermophila. The ex...

    Biology February 27, 2019
  • The berth of cool

    The shape of the protein that lets us sense cold is revealed.

    This image is derived from a technique called cryo-electron microscopy, and shows for the first time the intricate st...

    Biology February 7, 2019
  • Chickens modified to produce human proteins

    Scottish researchers see potential to create drugs cost effectively.

    Scottish researchers have genetically modified chickens to produce human proteins in their eggs, which, they say, cou...

    Biology January 28, 2019
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