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11Oct

A Newly-Discovered Tiny CRISPR Protein Packs a Giant Punch For Human Gene Editing

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The CRISPR family just grew bigger. The newcomer? A tiny DNA-chomping Cas protein, tucked away inside giant viruses.

That’s the recent finding from Dr. Jennifer Doudna’s lab, one of the original discoverers of CRISPR, at the University of California, Berkeley.

20Jun

Parkinson's Puzzle Solved Through Protein Design

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EPFL researchers, in collaboration with UTSW and UCSD scientists, have developed a computational protein design approach, and used it to obtain the first ever high-resolution structure of an activated dopamine receptor in its natural cell membrane environment. The breakthrough will open up a new dimension in drug discovery for Parkinson’s disease and perhaps other disorders.

17Mar

To Turbocharge Anti-Aging Treatment, Just Add… a Protein Found in Fruit Flies?

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The hunt for the elixir of life is such a universal mythological trope that to talk about it in the context of science seems almost ridiculous. But breakthroughs in the last decade have made the impossible seem possible, and researchers are quickly converging on the consensus that aging may well be a disease that we can treat just as easily as any other.