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2013-04-23 14:34:19

Researchers at the University of Bonn decode a kind of trigger switch for the conversion of fat cells For a long time, scientists have dreamt of converting undesirable white fat cells into brown fat cells and thus simply have excess pounds melt away. Researchers at the University of Bonn have now gotten a step closer to this goal: They decoded a "toggle switch" in mice which can significantly stimulate fat burning. The results are now being presented in the scientifc journal "Nature...

2013-04-19 17:52:23

An international research team including Christian Schlötterer and Alistair McGregor of the Vetmeduni Vienna has discovered a completely new mechanism by which evolution can change the appearance of an organism.  The researchers found that the number of hairs on flies´ legs varies according to the level of activity of a so-called microRNA.  The results, published in the journal Current Biology, shed a completely new light on the molecular mechanisms of evolution....

2013-03-08 00:20:07

Patients with diseases such as diabetes suffer from painful wounds that take a long time to heal making them more susceptible to infections that could even lead to amputations. A*STAR's discovery paves the way for therapeutics to improve healing of such chronic wounds, which are a significant burden to patients.Singapore, Mar 8, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - Scientists from A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) have identified a molecular "switch" that controls the migration of skin cells...

Researchers Discover Mechanism That Regulates Steroid Hormone Production In Drosophila
2013-03-07 16:06:22

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) Looking at the transformation of a fly larva into a pupa may help researchers to understand the molecular mechanisms that trigger puberty. A study conducted on the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) led by ICREA research professor Marco Milán, identifies an miRNA as key to the relationship between hormones that control growth and sexual maturity....

2013-02-25 13:44:35

ICREA professor Raul Mendez publishes a study in Nature describing how the CPBE1 protein 'takes the brakes off' the production of proteins associated with the cell switch from being healthy to tumorous Cancer is characterized by uncontrolled cell division and growth. In order to identify new therapeutic targets through which to tackle the disease, scientists seek to clarify the mechanisms that control the expression of genes that favor the development of tumors, in processes such as...


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