Molecular Biology

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Our internal biological clock (or circadian clock) plays an important role in regulating the daily rhythms of human behavior and biology. The human circadian clock enables maximum expression of genes at appropriate times of day to help the body adapt to the earth’s rotation. Desynchronization of the clock with the environment can affect physiological performance...

Imagine if we could produce and store energy from the sun the way plants do. We would have a basically unlimited supply of fuel without generating any pollution. A dream? Yes, but one that is a bit closer to reality thanks to research conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since sunlight is only available during the...

It’s been known for a long time that when animals drastically decrease their calorie intake, they can avoid many age-related health problems and live for a much longer time. But, using this approach to extend human lives is questionable. For one thing, scientists still have not proven the benefits of calorie restriction in humans and...

The results of a new study published in the science journal Journal of Biological Chemistry, says the most effective way of tackling debilitating diseases is by punching them at the beginning and preventing them from growing. According to the study printed in a science article in Science Daily, small molecular tweezers can be used to...

 According to an article in Scientific American, U.K. researchers performed a PLOS ONE study on the effects of caffeine prior to endurance sports. What they discovered by examining 50 male coffee drinkers was that those who drink caffeinated coffee in quantities of about four cups daily did not dehydrate them any more than drinking an...

A new predator is invading North America: the crazy ant. Until now, fire ants were the most feared invaders of their kind, producing a notorious sting painful to their victims. It turns out that the crazy ants have the ability to detoxify fire ant venom in a way that that no other insect or animal...

After the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, hopes of massive discoveries of new drugs to treat all types of diseases fell short. Now, a partnership between an up-and-coming biotechnology company, Regeneron, and the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania is generating new hope and a great deal of excitement, with their plans to...

There are many benefits, both physical and psychological, that come from a good workout. Exercise increases brain function, boosts memory, improves learning skills and reduces the effects of aging on cognitive thought. Some of the latest science news is about the progress scientists are making at identifying the cause of these positive results. In the...

Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women, especially those over the age of 50. While some experience uniform thinning of their hair, others may have spots or complete baldness. In spite of new medications and treatment methods that have been developed, little success has been found in preventing or reversing balding....