Molecular Biology

‘Mono’ Virus Linked to Seven Serious Diseases

A far-reaching study conducted by scientists at Cincinnati Children’s reports that the Epstein-Barr virus — best known for causing mononucleosis — also increases the risks for some people developing seven other major diseases. 

Weekend Reads, week 15

Some are exciting (Bill Gates on gene editing and George Church on how to live forever), some are informative (lab mice might be too clean, questioning drug pricing and freeing health data). You can read one, or you can read all five. That’s up to you! 

Researchers Map Path into Cell’s Nucleus

Researchers have delineated the architecture of the nuclear pore complex in yeast cells. The biological blueprint they uncovered shares principles sometimes seen on a much larger scale in concrete, steel, and wire.

Fixing the Code

The Code, Part 2: Does the ability to more easily change the blueprint of life mean we’re on the path to repairing the broken bits in our genetic inheritance? Or have we tried this before and failed? 

Finding The Code

The Code, Part 1: The race to sequence the human genome was also billed as a race to end disease. So what happened?

Some DNA-Binding Enzymes Prefer Fake DNA

Not only can synthetic molecules mimic the structures of their biological models, they can also take on their functions and may even successfully compete with them, as an artificial DNA sequence now shows.