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Scientists have found preserved proteins in 3.8-million-year-old ostrich eggshells from Africa. The researchers say these biological building blocks - bound into the eggshell - could provide genetic information up to 50 times older than any DNA.
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What he found was a protein that seemed to prevent ice crystals from growing. As studies of these intriguing "anti-freeze" proteins progressed, they were discovered in many more organisms - fish, insects, bacteria, fungi and plants that have to survive freezing temperatures. Many of our more hardy frost-surviving vegetables and even our humble lawns produce these ice structuring proteins when there is a harsh frost...

2009-08-15

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Scientists have shown for the first time that "lifeless" prion proteins, devoid of all genetic material, can evolve just like higher forms of life...

2010-01-01

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Inserting a human protein important in cancer development was able to revive dying plants, showing an evolutionary link between plants and humans and possibly making it easier to study the protein's function in cancer development...

2010-02-23

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Cats, rats and other predators produce a chemical signal that terrifies mice, according to new research. Scientists in the US discovered that when mice detect specific proteins found in cat saliva and rat urine they react with fear. These proteins, called Mups, act on cells in a special sensory organ in the mouse, called the vomeronasal organ.

2010-05-17

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We cannot derive the brain from the protein sequences underlying it; the sequences are insufficient, as well, because the nature of their expression is dependent on the environment and the history of a few hundred billion cells, each plugging along interdependently. We haven't even solved the sequence-to-protein-folding problem, which is an essential first step to executing Kurzweil's clueless algorithm. And we have absolutely no...

2010-08-17

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A cocktail of amino acids - the building blocks of proteins - is the latest contender in the age-old search for the elixir of life. Scientists gave mice drinking water laced with three amino acids. They said the rodents lived significantly longer than other mice fed a normal diet.

2010-10-06

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The theory that our sense of smell has its basis in quantum physics events is gaining traction.

2011-03-24

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A light-sensitive protein in the human eye has been shown to act as a "compass" in a magnetic field, when it is present in flies' eyes. The study in Nature Communications showed that without their natural "magnetoreception" protein, the flies did not respond to a magnetic field - but replacing the protein with the human version restored the ability. Despite much controversy, no conclusive evidence exists that...

2011-06-21

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