Human cells’ remodeling abilities may be key to how cancer spreads

Research at shows that human cells have tremendous power to mechanically change their surroundings, opening the door to new insights on a variety of physiological processes including how cancer spreads.

Protein transport channel offers new target for thwarting pathogen

A bacterium that attacks people suffering from chronic lung disease and compromised immune systems could be halted by disrupting the distribution channels the organism uses to access the cytoplasm of its host cell. 

As Tolstoy noted (sort of), all unhappy microbiomes are unhappy in their own way

The bacterial communities that live inside everyone are quite similar and stable when times are good, but when stress enters the equation, those communities can react very differently from person to person.

Study reveals seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree.

For bacteria that cheat, food is at the forefront

Microbes that produce important secretions for use in a community suffer a blow to their own fitness for supplying the non-producing “cheater” bacteria – but not always.

Diatoms have sex after all, and ammonium puts them in the mood

New research shows a species of diatom thought to be asexual does reproduce sexually, and scientists learned it’s a common compound – ammonium – that puts the ubiquitous organism in the mood.

New approach improves ability to predict metals' reactions with water

The wide reach of corrosion, a multitrillion-dollar global problem, may someday be narrowed considerably thanks to a new, better approach to predict how metals react with water.

Alloying materials of different structures offers new tool for controlling properties

New research into the largely unstudied area of heterostructural alloys could lead to greater materials control and in turn better semiconductors.

OSU researcher part of $14 million NSF program for improved genomic tools

Virginia Weis has been selected for a new program aimed at helping scientists better understand the relationship between gene function and the physical characteristics of organisms.

International science team: Marine reserves can help mitigate climate change

An international team of scientists has concluded that “highly protected” marine reserves can help mitigate the effects of climate change and suggests that these areas be expanded and better managed throughout the world.

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