Decoding the complex life of a simple parasite

Researchers at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Osaka University report the genome sequence of the parasite, dicyemid, in a study published in Genome Biology and Evolution. The parasite is comprised of only 30 cells and is found in the renal sacs of octopuses and other cephalopods. Credit: Okinawa Institute of […]

Researchers build artificial cells that sense and respond to their environment

Building a synthetic pathway. Credit: Imperial College London The artificial cells could be used to sense changes in the body and respond by releasing drug molecules, or to sense and remove harmful metals in the environment. Responding to chemical changes is a crucial function of biological cells. For example, cells can respond to chemicals by […]