New high-density lipoprotein-like nanoparticles that detect mitochondrial potential collapse were employed to detect cells ongoing apoptosis and were shown to be promising candidates to become an early diagnosis tool for atherosclerosis.
|From Dickinson, et al., (2013).|
Researchers tracked evolutionary convergence of a genetic element using Phage-assisted continuous evolution (PACE). They started with similar sequences for an enzyme and subjected the phage population to a number of environmental stresses that should made
them take different evolutionary paths and then made them take a convergent evolution path that should lead to a common outcome. Interestingly, the outcomes were dependent on the evolutionary path taken. The study provides insights for the design of laboratory scale evolution schemes.
A multi-institutional research group, with teams in the USA and Latin America, report the sequencing and assembly of the genome of the most cultivated cacao breed (Theobroma cacao L. cultivar Matina 1-6) and discovered a potential genetic basis for cacao pigmentation.