Which Came First?

An experiment in reconstructing primordial proteins solves a long-standing riddle 22.06.2020 The characteristic (HhH)2 fold and its binding to the minor groove of a modern DNA molecule. How did the first ones form? What did the very first proteins look like – those...

Paying the Price of Protection

A new model of autoimmune disease may solve some great outstanding riddles, including what causes T cells to attack and why only certain organs get them 19.05.2020 Single-organ autoimmune diseases attack particular organs, eg., the thyroid, adrenals and beta cells in...

The Self-Synthesizing Ribosome

This cellular factory-on-a-chip could be used to design, produce and test drugs against antibiotic resistant bacteria 20.04.2020 Visual representation of the self-assembly process: Synthesis of proteins and ribosomal RNA from synthetic DNA strands attached to a chip...

Coronavirus by the Numbers

31.03.2020 Rate of similarity between the coronavirus genome and the genome of other viruses belonging to same family. (l-r) Bat coronavirus; pangolin coronavirus; SARS virus; MERS virus; coronavirus causing the “common cold” Numerical data sometimes reveal facts that...