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Scientists Discover On-Off Switch To A Person's Consciousness
2014-07-07 14:42:29

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online An orchestra, consisting of woodwinds, strings, percussion and brass instruments, each work off a score specific to the instrument they are playing. They each contribute a layer to the overall performance that, by themselves, would paint only a limited picture of what the piece was meant to sound like. Imagine Beethoven's 5th Symphony where all you heard were the oboes playing. The conductor, standing before the full written score, is...

2013-04-18 21:36:57

It is rare that an unpublished piece of research or theory remains significant after half a century. It is also a wonderful example of the boundless curiosity of the late Francis Crick. A previously unpublished work by Francis Crick and Jeffries Wyman from 1965 is now available, together with Jean-Pierre Changeux's recollections on the origins of the theory of Allostery and several important texts by various authors on the subject. These are part of a special issue of the Journal of Molecular...

DNA Discoverer's Letter To Be Auctioned Off
2013-03-25 05:26:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A handwritten letter sent from one of the scientists responsible for discovering the structure of DNA will be auctioned off next month in New York City, according to various media reports. In the letter, which was written on March 19, 1953, British molecular biologist and biophysicist Francis Crick explains to his then-12-year-old son Michael how he and colleague James Watson were able to create a model for the genetic...

Human Genome Found To Contain Quadruple Helix DNA Strands
2013-01-21 05:09:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online On the 60th anniversary of the publication of the paper describing the double-helix structure of DNA, researchers from Cambridge University reportedly have proven the existence of four-stranded “quadruple helix” DNA structures within the human genome. It was in 1953 that James D. Watson and Francis Crick, also of Cambridge University, published a paper which described the interweaving structure of the double-stranded...

2011-05-27 08:00:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Royal Society announced today that Salk Institute molecular biologist Joanne Chory, Ph.D., an expert on how plants regulate their growth, has been named a foreign member of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. She is being recognized as "a beacon of scientific excellence and relentless ambassador for plant research in the international community." "Joanne is a leader in the field of...

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2011-01-28 09:45:07

DNA, that marvelous, twisty molecule of life, has an alter ego, research at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine reveals. On rare occasions, its building blocks "rock and roll," deforming the familiar double helix into a different shape. "We show that the simple DNA double helix exists in an alternative form"”for one percent of the time"”and that this alternative form is functional," said Hashim M. Al-Hashimi, who is the Robert L. Kuczkowski...

2010-09-30 14:42:11

2 Watson School professors find unread correspondence of Francis Crick The story of the double helix's discovery has a few new twists. A new primary source -- a never-before-read stack of letters to and from Francis Crick, and other historical materials dating from the years 1950-76 -- has been uncovered by two professors at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The letters both confirm and extend current knowledge of the circumstances surrounding...

2009-07-13 15:23:14

An iconic photograph (http://img.timeinc.net/time/80days/images/530228.jpg) of Nobel laureates Drs. Francis Crick and James Watson show the pair discussing with a rigid model of the famous double helix.The interaction represented produced the famous explanation of the structure of DNA, but the model pictured is a stiff snapshot of idealized DNA. As researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) and the University of Houston (www.uh.edu) note in a report that appears online in the...

2009-03-24 15:36:08

A U.S. scientist and his colleagues have described the design of a new type of DNA with 12 chemical letters instead of the usual four. Researchers, led by Steven Benner of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Gainesville, Fla., said their artificial genetic system already is helping to usher in the era of personalized medicine. The scientists said their research might also shed light on how life arose on Earth, by producing a self-sustaining molecule capable of Darwinian...

2009-03-23 13:56:31

In a dramatic rewrite of the recipe for life, scientists from Florida today described the design of a new type of DNA with 12 chemical letters instead of the usual four. Presented here at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), this artificial genetic system already is helping to usher in the era of personalized medicine for millions of patients with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. The research may also shed light on how life arose on Earth, by producing a...


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