How to Store DNA

DNA is very sensitive and can easily degrade in certain conditions. Thus, proper storage is required to ensure high experimental standards. There are several mechanisms to store DNA for long periods of time. What causes DNA to degrade? Chemical degradation is the main threat to DNA preservation. Potential nuclease contamination and the presence of free … More How to Store DNA

Ecological study identifies potential association between antimicrobial resistance and climate change

New research identifies a novel association between antibiotic resistance and climate change. New research presented at this week’s 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13 — 16 April 2019), identifies a novel association between antibiotic resistance and climate change. The study was conducted at the Institute of Infection … More Ecological study identifies potential association between antimicrobial resistance and climate change

Broken mitochondria use ‘eat me’ proteins to summon their executioners

When mitochondria become damaged, they avoid causing further problems by signaling cellular proteins to degrade them. In a new study, scientists report that they have discovered how the cells trigger this process, which is called mitophagy. In cells with broken mitochondria, two proteins — NIPSNAP 1 and NIPSNAP 2 — accumulate on the mitochondrial surface, … More Broken mitochondria use ‘eat me’ proteins to summon their executioners