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January 19, 2017

Making aptamers with biology’s help

RNA sequences from riboswitches and ribozymes provide scaffolds that help aptamers work better in cells

January 18, 2017

Opioid side effects blocked by targeting sensory neurons

Study in mice proposes mechanism for why patients seeking pain relief need higher and higher opioid doses over time

January 16, 2017

Nanoparticles deprive tumors of their oxygen

Magnesium silicide particles can react with oxygen in acidic tumor environments

January 13, 2017

Researchers solve a cancer conundrum

As cells turn cancerous, ribosome regulators force the cellular machines to preferentially produce cancer proteins

January 12, 2017

Aptamer-based sensors could measure drug levels in real time

General sensor platform makes measurements in awake animals and doesn’t depend on specific target’s chemistry

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