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Molecular biology

Rock singer has been injecting himself with snake venom for 25 years

Scientists have now made a catalogue of Steve Ludwin’s antibodies.

Breast milk sends genetic messages to the child

Genetic material in breast milk may have a stronger effect on child health and development than scientists previously thought, according to new research.

Hairclip protein mechanism explained

Researchers have identified a fundamental mechanism for controlling protein function.

Mechanism behind cell development discovered

Danish scientists have discovered a cell mechanism that can explain the development of some of types of cancer.

Being overweight causes hazardous inflammations

Researchers have found a possible molecular explanation for why being overweight is harmful.

How spiders make their silk

Spider silk is one of the strongest materials known, and the arachnids make it faster than greased lightning.

New methods for fecal source tracking

Fecal contamination in water is one of the most common reasons for human diseases. Molecular methods can reveal if the contaminants derive from human or animal excreta, and whether they constitute a health risk or not.

Mystery solved: why a Turkish family walks on all fours

A Turkish family suffers from a rare disorder that forces them to walk on all fours. Danish scientists have discovered how the disease works and at the same time solved a long-standing scientific mystery.

Self-eating keeps us healthy

Right at this very moment, some of our cells are eating themselves. A detailed understanding of this process may be the key to extending our lives.

Swedish ferns stuck to their Jurassic game plan

A remarkable finding from Skåne County in the south of Sweden shows that the royal fern has not changed genetically in the past 180 million years.

Tips for people who want to start training — and stick with it

Be patient, find an activity you think is fun, don’t start off too hard at the beginning, and remember why you wanted to start exercising in the first place. Those are among researchers’ suggestions for those who want to make exercise a habit.