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July 19, 2017

Silencing mitochondrial genes with a designer molecule

A peptide-like molecule passes through the mitochondrial membrane to turn off genes

July 17, 2017

Dopamine sends immune signals too

The neurotransmitter pushes B cells to mature and produce antibodies against antigens

July 17, 2017

Plausible prebiotic route to iron-sulfur clusters identified

Cluster synthesis driven by UV light uses iron ions and tripeptide starting material

July 17, 2017

Antioxidant nanoparticles could treat sepsis

Ceria-zirconia nanoparticles combat reactive oxygen species and reduce inflammation

July 17, 2017

Malaria drug prevents Zika-related birth defects in mice

Hydroxychloroquine stops pregnant mice from spreading virus to offspring

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