Science news: Feb 2016

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Bacterial hideout could be source of TB reactivation

Bacteria that cause tuberculosis can live in the walls of lymph vessels. The discovery, made by scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, could explain why people can be treated for TB hiding outside the lungs, recover and then get it again.
22 February 2016

Understanding how DNA replication machinery works

New research provides insights into how the machinery that copies DNA functions.
18 February 2016

Understanding chromosome segregation during cell division

Protein degradation pathways control the levels of protein at the kinetochore – a key structure that helps segregate chromosomes during cell division.
18 February 2016

Brain caught ‘filing’ memories during rest

Memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area during rest.
18 February 2016

Iron in the blood could cause cell damage, say researchers

Concentrations of iron similar to those delivered in standard treatments can trigger DNA damage within 10 minutes in cells in the lab.
11 February 2016

Blocking stress protein relieves chronic pain in mice

A protein that shapes the body’s response to stress also drives chronic pain, offering new targets for pain treatments.
11 February 2016

Novel gene implicated in deafness

Researchers have demonstrated a direct link between a gene called Wbp2 and progressive hearing loss.
08 February 2016

HFEA approval for new “gene editing” techniques

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has approved a research application from the Francis Crick Institute to use new "gene editing" techniques on human embryos.
01 February 2016

Yeast study suggests that the food we eat could affect our genes

Almost all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat, according to new research.
01 February 2016