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February 25, 2017

Articles in Acta Cryst D

Low-dose fixed-target serial synchrotron crystallography

A time and sample efficient approach for serial collection of room temperature diffraction data using a fixed target at a synchrotron is demonstrated.

by Robin L. Owen et al. at February 25, 2017 08:12 AM

February 24, 2017


[Neuroscience] How will this molecule smell?

We still do not understand what a given substance will smell like. Keller et al. launched an international crowd-sourced competition in which many teams tried to solve how – [Read More]

by Peter Stern at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[Microbiome] Bacterial battles on your skin

Normal human skin is colonized by a variety of normally harmless bacteria. However, one such bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus, can aggravate symptoms of atopic dermatitis. – [Read More]

by Lindsey Pujanandez at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[Cognition] Very clever bees use tools

One hallmark of cognitive complexity is the ability to manipulate objects with a specific goal in mind. Such “tool use” at one time was ascribed to humans alone, but then to primates, nex – [Read More]

by Sacha Vignieri at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[Vascular Disease] Faulty blood cells and heart disease

Recent studies have shown that elderly people's blood cells often harbor mutations in genes encoding certain epigenetic regulators. These mutations can lead to clonal expansion of the – [Read More]

by Paula A. Kiberstis at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[Extreme Astrophysics] Spinning up an extragalactic neutron star

Ultraluminous x-ray sources (ULXs) are strange objects in other galaxies that cannot be explained by conventional accretion onto stellar-mass objects. This has led to exotic interpretations, – [Read More]

by Keith T. Smith at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[Protein Design] Shining a light on cell signaling

Protein kinases are proteins that are used to transmit signals within cells. Zhou et al. engineered diverse kinases so that they could be switched on and off with visible light. – [Read More]

by Valda Vinson at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[Polymers] How to make opposites compatible

Polyethylene (PE) and isotactic polypropylene (iPP) are the two most widely used commodity plastics and thus make up a large fraction of the waste stream. However, – [Read More]

by Marc S. Lavine at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[Inflammation] How red berries reduce inflammation

Members of the interleukin-17 (IL-17) family of proinflammatory cytokines are important in the immune response to infections. However, too much IL-17 signaling is associated with autoimmune – [Read More]

by John F. Foley at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

[DNA Replication] Diverse molecular choreography of replication

Accurate duplication and transmission of genetic information to the next generation requires complex molecular assemblies. Bleichert et al. review replication initiation across – [Read More]

by Guy Riddihough at February 24, 2017 12:00 AM