Researchers discover how cells know their future and forget their past

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 by University of Copenhagen Stem cells all share the potential of developing into any specific cell in the body. Many researchers are therefore trying to answer the fundamental questions of what determines the cells’ developmental fate as well as when and why the cells lose the potential of developing into any cell. Now, […]

Biologists build proteins that avoid crosstalk with existing molecules

Engineered signaling pathways could offer a new way to build synthetic biology circuits. Anne Trafton | MIT News OfficeOctober 23, 2019 Inside a living cell, many important messages are communicated via interactions between proteins. For these signals to be accurately relayed, each protein must interact only with its specific partner, avoiding unwanted crosstalk with any […]

Artificial gut aims to expose the elusive microbiome

Testing platform will allow the research community to explore the human microbiome in new ways. Anne McGovern | Lincoln LaboratoryOctober 3, 2019 The microbiome is a collection of trillions of bacteria that reside in and on our bodies. Each person’s microbiome is unique — just like a fingerprint — and researchers are finding more and […]