Translating into the new year. A new role for eIF4A and more methyl modifications

Translation, the conversion of the mRNA code into a polypeptide, is a very important process, one that by now you’d think we would have sussed. However, it is the way with science that with further experiments and improvements in techniques, our opinions on cellular mechanisms can change. The process of translation involves hundreds of factors, […]

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Loop it like cohesin

Chromatin, the combination of DNA and protein that resides within our nuclei, takes on a variety of forms. These forms vary depending on the type of cell, the stage of a cell’s cycle and environmental conditions. Techniques to pinpoint regions of chromatin contacts within a nucleus have provided great insight into nuclear organisation and the […]

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The sex chromosomes – Y is there a Y and the great X-scape

Throughout evolution many mechanisms to determine sex have arisen. Whilst in many species sex is determined genetically, environmental factors such as temperature or even social variables such as size can influence the fate of an organism’s sex. Other species change sex throughout their lifetime. In humans, sex is determined by the sex chromosomes present in […]

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Imaging RNA in a cell with Corn

Techniques to track and follow proteins inside living cells have vastly improved over the last decade, however comparable methods for tracking RNA have lagged behind. This is primarily due to the lack of intrinsically fluorescent RNA to match the expertise of the protein kind, like GFP (green fluorescent protein). Corn is one of the latest […]

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A bacterial aphrodisiac?

Bacteria are everywhere. Well, pretty much everywhere. On that door handle, your bed, the air to the bottom of the ocean and the trillion inside your own bodies! Their pure diversity provides an exceedingly large study source to improve our biochemical and physiological understanding of cellular processes, but especially the effect bacteria can play on […]

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