Biochemistry and Molecular Biology News

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.
DNA coils, uncoils, and writhes to drive cell activityOct 12, 2015
Using a multidisciplinary approach, researchers, led by those at Baylor College of Medicine, revealed in unprecedented detail the three-dimensional structure of biologically active DNA.
Disruption of a crucial cellular machine may kill the engine of deadly cancersSep 2, 2015
Baylor College of Medicine study finds that inhibition of the spliceosome using a new drug kills tumor cells but leaves noncancerous tissues unaffected in mouse models.
Understanding how fatty acids bonds affect obesity, diabetesJun 22, 2015
An enzyme known as stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 (SCD-1) plays an important role in the accumulation of fat in the cell. This structure provides the atomic details and tells us what the molecule looks like.
Interaction of estrogen receptor and coactivators seen for first timeFeb 26, 2015
Study uses electron cryo-microscope and advanced computational analysis to help visualize 3-D image of how the estrogen receptor works.
Dr. Trey Westbrook named TAMEST 2015 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award winner in medicine Dec 9, 2014
Baylor College of Medicine researcher Dr. Thomas “Trey” Westbrook tapped for prestigious honor given annually to one scientist across the state of Texas for outstanding innovation in medicine.