Mathematical model mimics melanoma
Dec 01, 2017
Cancer cells' ability to tolerate crowded conditions may be one key to understanding tumor growth and formation, according to a mathematical model that has been applied to cancer cell growth for the first time. The model ...
A protein duo ensures that the chromosomes in reproductive cells find their significant other
Oct 05, 2017
Reproduction is made easier by finding the right partner—and it's no different for the chromosomes inside reproductive cells. Now, an international team of researchers, including A*STAR scientists, has revealed just how ...
New method to measure cell stiffness could lead to improved cancer treatments
Oct 04, 2017
UCLA biophysicists have developed a new method to rapidly determine a single cell's stiffness and size—which could ultimately lead to improved treatments for cancer and other diseases.
Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought
Aug 14, 2017
Scientists studying the body's cancer-fighting T cells have a serious problem: When they culture them in the lab, the T cells sit around at equilibrium, waiting to bump into cancerous cells. But that's not how they operate ...
A metabolic pathway that feeds liver cancer
Aug 10, 2017
A little-studied gene may explain how some liver cancer cells obtain the nutrition they need to proliferate, according to new research from the University of Maryland. The results of this research will be published as an ...
Scientists discover how crucial DNA sequences endure
Apr 11, 2017
As cells divide, some of their DNA is rearranged, spurring the emergence of new traits that can dictate whether a species survives or flounders. But some stretches of DNA appear to be so crucial to the basic functioning of ...
How cells communicate to move together as a group
Mar 13, 2017
When an individual cell needs to move somewhere, it manages just fine on its own. It extends protrusions from its leading edge and retracts the trailing edge to scoot itself along, without having to worry about what the other ...
Image: Valentine-shaped mouse skin cancer cells connected with actin protein
Feb 13, 2017
This heart-shaped image shows two mouse skin cancer cells connected to each other with actin, a protein that is part of the cellular skeleton. Researchers use mouse cells like these to tease out the molecular methods that ...
Blocking obesity with a protein-sugar combination
Jan 10, 2017
Researchers at the RIKEN-Max Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical Biology in Japan have discovered an enzyme that can prevent obesity in mice. Published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the study shows ...
Scientists reveal 'safety catch' within all dividing cells
Dec 08, 2016
Researchers have made a major discovery about how cells control when to divide - representing a step forward in scientists' understanding of one of the most fundamental processes of life.