Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Study takes next step toward treatment for Alzheimer's disease

To date, scientists have identified 32 genetic mutations associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, with BYU contributing to many of those discoveries. Finding those links is important foundational research, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Working to improve COVID-19 testing

A shortage of COVID-19 test kits and the need for broader testing in Vermont has mobilized a task force of researchers from UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Larner College of Medicine, Vermont Integrative Genomic ...

Medical research

Soil in wounds can help stem deadly bleeding

New UBC research shows for the first time that soil silicates—the most abundant material on the Earth's crust—play a key role in blood clotting.

Health

Insights into why loud noise is bad for your health

Whether it is loud machinery at work, a busy freeway or a nearby airport, many people are exposed to high levels of noise. Two new mouse studies provide new insight into how this type of noise exposure can lead to high blood ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Clinicians treating COVID-19 say don't rush to try novel therapies

Intensivists caution against the use of premature novel therapies in lieu of traditional critical care principles in patients with COVID-19 in a recent correspondence letter in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and ...

Genetics

Single mutation leads to big effects in autism-related gene

A new study in Neuron offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. National Institutes of Health scientists found that a single amino acid change in the NLGN4 gene, which has been ...

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Molecular biology

Molecular biology is the study of biology at a molecular level. The field overlaps with other areas of biology and chemistry, particularly genetics and biochemistry. Molecular biology chiefly concerns itself with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis as well as learning how these interactions are regulated.

Writing in Nature, William Astbury described molecular biology as:

"[...]not so much a technique as an approach, an approach from the viewpoint of the so-called basic sciences with the leading idea of searching below the large-scale manifestations of classical biology for the corresponding molecular plan. It is concerned particularly with the forms of biological molecules and[...]is predominantly three-dimensional and structural—which does not mean, however, that it is merely a refinement of morphology. It must at the same time inquire into genesis and function."

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