Science news: 2017

Jan | Feb

What happens to gene transcription during DNA damage?

For the first time, scientists have described what happens at the molecular level when gene transcription slows down in response to DNA damage in a cell.
16 February 2017

Genes linked to malaria parasites’ ability to persist in the body

The ability of malaria parasites to persist in the body for years is linked to the expression of a set of genes from the pir gene family, scientists have found.
06 February 2017

More evidence for eating your greens

Cruciferous vegetables contain nutrients that might reverse susceptibility to gut pathogens in people at increased risk of infections.
01 February 2017

Yeast study reveals how CDK protein controls cell division timing

A study in yeast proposes an explanation for the timing of action of CDK – the ‘master regulator’ of cell division.
26 January 2017

New insights into infertility-causing sex chromosome disorders

Research carried out by Francis Crick Institute scientists provides new insights into sex chromosome disorders which typically cause infertility.
26 January 2017

Supporting actors take lead role as our brains age

Brain cells that support neurons change most as we get older, suggesting a new focus for dementia research
10 January 2017

Researchers reveal how cancer cells cope with genetic chaos

Scientists have uncovered how tumours are able to grow despite significant damage to the structure and number of their chromosomes, according to two new studies.
09 January 2017