Bacteria in fermented food signal the human immune system, explaining health benefits

Ability to detect bacteria may have enabled human ancestors to eat not-so-fresh food Researchers have discovered that humans and great apes possess a receptor on their cells that detects metabolites from bacteria commonly found in fermented foods and triggers movement of immune cells. Researchers have discovered that humans and great apes possess a receptor on … More Bacteria in fermented food signal the human immune system, explaining health benefits

Study uncovers how simpler organisms manage recycling of incomplete proteins

Our cells’ process for transforming genes into useful proteins works much like an automobile factory’s assembly line; there are schematics, parts, workers, motors, quality control systems and even recycling crews. If the cell’s recycling process falters, abnormal protein fragments accumulate, potentially causing the cell’s death. In nerve cells, the process is linked to a variety … More Study uncovers how simpler organisms manage recycling of incomplete proteins