Watching proteins dance

Proteins are so small that visualising them working in a cell has long been elusive, but a new study, published in Cell, has found a way to ‘film’ how they move. These tiny molecules, which include insulin, haemoglobin and collagen, do all sorts of things to run our bodies, carrying out work in our cells … Continue reading Watching proteins dance

Making saliva is quite a complex business

There’s more to saliva than meets the eye – and mouth. Researchers in the US and Norway have taken a close look at where the multitude of proteins floating in the fluid come from, and found it’s a complicated story. There are three major types of human salivary glands, individual cells within a single gland … Continue reading Making saliva is quite a complex business