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July 26, 2016

Research teams characterize complete Alzheimer’s fibrils

Studies provide atomic-level view of full dimeric fibrils of key Alzheimer’s-related peptide

July 25, 2016

Analysis provides a glimpse at the lifestyle of our single-celled ancestors

Researchers discover that the last universal common ancestor between bacteria and archaea likely lived in a hydrothermal vent, fixed nitrogen, and relied on hydrogen and carbon dioxide

July 25, 2016

Legionnaires’ outbreaks in Flint linked to corrosive tap water

Corrosion in drinking water pipes allows deadly bacteria to flourish

July 25, 2016

Shortcut leads to branched tryptophans

An evolved enzyme builds β-branched tryptophan analogs in one step

July 25, 2016

Synthetic cell membranes remodeled chemically

Technique could lead to better understanding of how biological membranes work

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