Viruses exist in a realm where there is no light and colour has no meaning. In their COVID-19 depictions, designers, illustrators and communicators make some highly creative and evocative decisions.
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Soap can dissolve the fatty envelope on the outer part of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, leading to the destruction of the whole virus particle.
Researchers Jason McLellan (left) and Daniel Wrapp study the structure of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.
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US researchers have revealed the molecular 'key' that allows the 2019-nCoV virus to gain access to our cells. And they found it is many times more tenacious than the previous SARS virus.
Revolutionary technologies like CRISPR are founded on discoveries uncovered through basic research that attracts very little attention.
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On average, important new lab techniques like CRISPR take 23 years to develop – but there is a public expectation that scientific breakthroughs occur quickly and efficiently.
A coral reef in Chagos, British Indian Ocean Territory, experiencing catastrophic bleaching in 2015.
Anderson B. Mayfield
A coral biologist sampled corals from the most remote reaches of the Indo-Pacific and discovered that all of them show signs of stress.
Watching bacteria and viruses duke it out, evolving to outwit each other.
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A core idea in molecular biology is that one gene codes for one protein. Now biologists have found an example of a gene that yields two forms of a protein – enabling it to evolve new functionality.
A conversation between a biologist and a philosopher on the relationship between man and divinity.
Plants make proteins based on whatever genetic material you give them.
Carl Davies, CSIRO
Inserting a random DNA mishmash into a plant or bacterium directs it to make a novel protein. Sifting through the resulting molecules, researchers may find ones have medical or agricultural uses.
Laboratory mice are among the first animals to have their diseases treated by CRISPR.
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A new research paper reports dangerous side effects in CRISPR-edited mice. Some scientists are pushing back, placing blame for the unwanted mutations on the experiment, not the technique.
Precision editing DNA allows for some amazing applications.
Researchers are starting to harness the potential of this much-hyped gene editing technique – with coming applications in medicine, biology and agriculture.
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New research suggests the "primordial soup" theory can't explain how living cells evolved to harness energy.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
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Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
Tick tock, tick tock… You can’t hide from the molecular clock.
The molecular clock is helping us deepen our knowledge of evolution and completing the tree of life. But how does it actually work?
There’s more to our DNA than just genes.
microRNA used to be dismissed as "junk DNA", but it plays an important role regulating the other genes in our genome.
Yeah, I’m cool.
Animals have evolved to occupy almost all corners of the Earth. To survive, no matter the weather outside, they all need temperature-sensitive bodily reactions to work. This is easy for warm-blooded animals…
Molecular vibrations play an important part in enhancing photosynthesis, researchers from the University of Michigan have…
Finding a tasty strawberry can be a bit of a lucky dip at times, but now the tasty gene’s identified it may be easier to consistently get satisfying strawberries.
If you’ve ever bitten into a strawberry and wondered why it doesn’t taste as sweet or as good as others in the punnet, you…
Jerry Adams to receive top award for cancer research.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
One of Australia’s leading experts on cancer therapy at a molecular level is to receive a top research honour by the Australian…
Plants respond to environmental stresses by activating a molecular alarm system according to research conducted by Iowa State…
The genes responsible for the cell’s cargo delivery system were found in a strain of yeast used for baking and brewing.
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What do bread, beer and botox have in common with this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine? More than you might think. But more on that in a minute. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine…