The Origin of Life

Researchers have had a breakthrough in the central questions about #the origin of life. A collaboration of physicists and biologists in Germany has found a simple mechanism that might have enabled liquid droplets to evolve into living #cells in early Earth’s primordial soup. How did these first cells arise from primitive precursors? What were those […]

Researchers discover switch that converts blood vessels to blood stem cells!

A team of scientists in the UK and Italy has discovered a switch that instructs #blood vessel cells to become blood #stem cells during #embryonic development in mice. These findings could aid research into new blood cell creation for #transplants. Using single-cell technology, researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory […]

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In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery | Quanta Magazine

Scientists have created a synthetic organism that possesses only the genes it needs to survive. But they have no idea what roughly a third of those genes do.

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Assay of nearly 5,000 mutations reveals roots of genetic splicing errors

Brown biologists have developed a new system, described in Nature Genetics, that identified and tracked hundreds of genetic variations that alter the way DNA is spliced when cells make proteins, often leading to disease.

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Study finds males may contribute to offspring's mental development before pregnancy

A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy.

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Study finds males may contribute to offspring’s mental development before pregnancy

A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy.