Life Sciences and Chemistry

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Elegant constrictions in a cellular kill switch

The inner workings of a “self-destruct switch” present on human cells that can be activated during an immune response have been revealed. In unprecedented detail, KAUST scientists with collaborators in…

Tracking down the tiniest of forces …

– how T cells detect invaders. T cells use their antigen receptors like sticky fingers — a team from TU Wien and MedUni Vienna was able to observe them doing…

A high-tech textile to stay comfortable outdoors

Clothing, from tank tops to parkas, helps people adapt to temperatures outdoors. But you can only put on or take off so much of it, and fluctuations in weather can…

An uncrackable combination of invisible ink and artificial intelligence

Coded messages in invisible ink sound like something only found in espionage books, but in real life, they can have important security purposes. Yet, they can be cracked if their…

Release of drugs from a supramolecular cage

Hot paper in Angewandte Chemie … How can a highly effective drug be transported to the precise location in the body where it is needed? In the journal Angewandte Chemie,…

Chemical ‘nose’ sniffs critical differences in DNA structures

Detection innovation could enhance drug development and cancer research. Small changes in the structure of DNA have been implicated in breast cancer and other diseases, but they’ve been extremely difficult…

Chronic attack on the aging nervous system

Certain immune cells can cause damage to the aging central nervous system, according to a novel study by scientists of the University Hospital and the University of Würzburg. Aging is…

The novel coronavirus’ spike protein plays additional key role in illness

Salk researchers and collaborators show how the protein damages cells, confirming COVID-19 as a primarily vascular disease. Scientists have known for a while that SARS-CoV-2’s distinctive “spike” proteins help the…

How reef-building corals got their bones

Coral reefs provide shelter, sustenance and stability to a range of organisms, but these vital ecosystems would not exist if not for the skeletal structure created by stony corals. Now,…

New view of species interactions offers clues to preserve threatened ecosystems

Analysis reveals complex forest connections that underscore diversity’s role in protecting ecosystem health. As the health of ecosystems in regions around the globe declines due to a variety of rising…

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