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In a paper published yesterday in the journal Developmental Cell, scientists in Manuela Baccarini’s lab at the University of Vienna, describe the involvement of the Raf1 protein kinase in angiogenesis-mediated endothelial cell adhesion. During the process of angiogenesis, endothelial cells migrate as a collective group in order to form new blood vessels. While it is […]

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Due to the fact that I spent most of my graduate years trying to identify which activator proteins interact with a specific gene enhancer region, studies that discuss transcriptional regulation are more likely to catch my eye than the average scientist. That is why I was particulary intrigued by a method published in Nature Genetics […]

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Ever wonder how having a fever might affect RNA processing? While that may not be the first thing on your mind while you are lying sick in bed, it is still an intriguing question for molecular biologists. A team of scientists at the CSIC has shown that temperature can play a critical role in the […]

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Researchers have found a way to turn mouse embryonic stem cells into sperm. This finding, reported in the journal Cell in a special online release on August 4th, opens up new avenues for infertility research and treatment. A Kyoto University team has coaxed mouse embryonic stem cells into sperm precursors, called primordial germ cells (PGCs), […]

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Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) are truly talented multi-taskers. They can reproduce almost all cell types and thus offer great hope in the fight against diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. However, it would appear that their use is not entirely without risk: during the reprogramming of body cells into iPS cells, disease-causing mutations can […]

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