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August 21, 2016

RNA-based enzyme synthesizes various RNA structures

Ribozyme amplifies RNA in an RNA-only version of the polymerase chain reaction

August 21, 2016

Receptor for prion protein identified

Findings suggest prions help maintain the electrical insulation on nerve cells

August 19, 2016

Agent kills pain like morphine but loses some side effects

Researchers find molecule that turns on opioid pain-relief pathway but skips one associated with constipation and respiratory distress

August 16, 2016

Terahertz radiation probes polymers

Two recent studies shed light on polymer elasticity and crystallization

August 15, 2016

What chemicals are in your tattoo?

European regulators worry about the inks used to make body decorations, which can be repurposed from the car paint, plastics, and textile dye industries

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