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  1. Book Review: Bad medicine

    Richard Smith
    In his new book Ben Goldacre argues that the pharmaceutical industry is in poor health and in urgent need of treatment.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Distinct gating mechanisms revealed by the structures of a multi-ligand gated K+ channel

    Chunguang Kong et al.
    Structural and functional studies of a potassium ion channel that is opened and closed by different ligands have revealed a novel gating mechanism.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    RecA filament sliding on DNA facilitates homology search

    Kaushik Ragunathan et al.
    A DNA–protein complex can find target sequences of bases in another DNA molecule by sliding along it.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    KDM2B links the Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1) to recognition of CpG islands

    Anca M Farcas et al.
    A protein that can recognize regions of DNA with a high proportion of unmethylated CpG dinucleotides, and then recruit polycomb group proteins to these CpG islands, has been identified.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cancer Biology

    Doxorubicin blocks proliferation of cancer cells through proteolytic activation of CREB3L1

    Bray Denard et al.
    Cleavage of a membrane-bound transcription factor by the chemotherapeutic reagent doxorubicin can block the proliferation of tumor cells.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Modelling dynamics in protein crystal structures by ensemble refinement

    B Tom Burnley et al.
    A combination of molecular dynamics simulations and X-ray diffraction data has been used to construct more realistic models of proteins and to provide new insights into their interactions with other proteins and biomolecules.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    rsEGFP2 enables fast RESOLFT nanoscopy of living cells

    Tim Grotjohann et al.
    The discovery of a fluorescent protein that can be rapidly switched between long-lived ‘on’ and ‘off’ states will lead to a new generation of super-resolution imaging experiments on living cells.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Myosin motors fragment and compact membrane-bound actin filaments

    Sven K Vogel et al.
    A combination of single-molecule imaging and an in vitro model of the cell cortex has allowed the interactions between actin filaments and filaments made of myosin II to be studied in detail.