Evolution

New Proteins ‘Out of Nothing’

Münster, Germany — Proteins are the key component in all modern forms of life. Haemoglobin, for example, transports the oxygen in our blood; photosynthesis proteins in the leaves of plants convert...

Evolution’s Game of Rock-Paper-Scissors

Bethlehem, PA — If B is better than A, and C is better than B, it follows by the transitive property that C is better than A. And, yet, this is not always the case. Every kid is familiar with the Rock-Paper-Scissors...

A Glimpse into the Formation of Mitoribosome

Solna, Sweden — The mitochondrial ribosome is an intricate machine that translates the organellar genome into functional proteins. The formation of the mitochondrial ribosome is a hierarchical process...

Academy Scientists Describe 213 Species in 2020

San Francisco, CA — This past year, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 213 plant and animal species to the tree of life, providing deeper insight into the rich biodiversity of...

New RNA Catalyst from the Lab

Würzburg, Germany — Enzymes enable biochemical reactions that would otherwise not take place on their own. In nature, it is mostly proteins that function as enzymes. However, other molecules can also...

How Dinosaur Research Can Help Medicine

Bonn, Germany — The intervertebral discs connect the vertebrae and give the spine its mobility. The disc consists of a cartilaginous fibrous ring and a gelatinous core as a buffer. It has always been...

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