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Huddle! Cells secret communication clusters

Huddled cells

Cells cluster together to communicate within restricted groups, just like a sports team huddle discusses secret tactics, say scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

Weather forecasting set to improve

weather forecasting

A new £97m supercomputer could put an end to the complaints about weather forecasting accuracy.

Step closer to stem cell treatment for diabetes

This image depicts human stem cell-derived beta cells that have formed islet-like clusters in a mouse. The cells were transplanted to the kidney capsule. This photo was taken two weeks later. The beta cells are making insulin, curing the diabetes in the mouse. Image courtesy of Doug Melton

Using embryonic stem cells as a starting point, Harvard researchers have produced human insulin-producing beta cells in massive quantities.

Genetic mutation prevents weight gain on high-sugar diet

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A team of researchers from the University of Southern California have found a way to suppress the obesity that accompanies a high-sugar diet by regulation of a particular gene.

Jumping spiders’ visual system revealed

The jumping spider has a unique visual system allowing them to use different sets of eyes to process acuity and motion.

Scientists have solved one of the toughest problems in spider biology – how the arachnids’ visual system works.

Precursor to life created in virtual lab

Protocells

A virtual molecular laboratory has created a possible precursor to life say Danish scientists, which could have important implications for creating artificial living systems.

CD8 T cells in in for the long haul

CD8 T cells immune response

Like soldiers trained for a specific mission, CD8 T cells become tuned to fighting an exact pathogen but rather than bail out once the job is done, they stay in service fending off other invaders. CD8 T cells are a key part of the adaptive immune system, but also form part of the body’s innate

Liquid DNA behind virus attacks

herpes virus liquid DNA

New studies show viruses convert their DNA into liquid form to be injected into host cells, findings which could lead to new therapies that avoid resistance.

Fire at UEA chemistry lab

A fire has broken out in a third floor chemistry laboratory at the University of East Anglia.

Floppy proteins linked to ALS

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A loss of protein stability has been linked to muscle-destroying disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by American researchers.

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