Biochemistry and Molecular Biology News

Amoeba builds barriers for protection against bacteriaJul 25, 2019
Researchers report that Dictyostelium discoideum, the soil-dwelling single-celled amoeba that feeds on bacteria, builds a barrier around its colonies that counteracts bacterial attempts to penetrate them.
New strategy fights bacterial antibiotic resistanceApr 1, 2019
A new strategy to combat antibiotic resistance has emerged from a study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine.
Global grants aim to help scientists understand tumor behaviorJan 23, 2019
A multidisciplinary, international team of scientists has been awarded Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, an ambitious series of £20 million global grants tackling some of the toughest questions in cancer research.
Bacteria help discover human cancer-causing proteinsJan 10, 2019
A team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas at Austin has applied an unconventional approach that used bacteria to discover human proteins that can lead to DNA damage and promote cancer.
Lectins help social amoeba establish their own microbiomeJul 26, 2018
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have discovered that sugar-binding proteins called lectins are essential for amoebas and bacteria living together.
Study shows accurately transcribing DNA overrides DNA repairOct 4, 2017
A groundbreaking and surprising discovery finds that in the model organism E. coli, the fidelity of transcribing DNA comes at the expense of DNA repair.
Method speeds up analyzation of complex microscopic imagesAug 31, 2017
Researchers will now be able to dissect the 3-D structure of a single cell in about an hour thanks to a new automated method developed by a team of scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the National University of Singapore. 
Detailed chemical structure of P22 virus resolvedMar 6, 2017
Scientists have completed a model of unprecedented near-atomic resolution of the chemical structure of the P22 virus.
Dr. Ming Zhou a featured speaker in Solute Carrier Proteins symposium at the New York Academy of SciencesApr 22, 2016
Dr. Ming Zhou will be a featured speaker at the Solute Carrier Proteins: Unlocking the Gene-Family for Effective Therapies symposium.
Crystal structure of PKG I suggests a new activation mechanismApr 8, 2016
A Baylor study reveals new information about the activation of PKG1, a mutation seen to cause thoracic aortic disease.