Engineers reveal molecular secrets of cephalopod powers

“This research can be viewed as a valuable conceptual framework for using this class of proteins in bioengineering applications,” said Alon Gorodetsky, UCI associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Credit: Debbie Morales/UCI Reflectins, the unique structural proteins that give squids and octopuses the ability to change colors and blend in with their surroundings, are […]

Big data powers design of ‘smart’ cell therapies for cancer

Finding medicines that can kill cancer cells while leaving normal tissue unscathed is a Holy Grail of oncology research. In two new papers, scientists at UC San Francisco and Princeton University present complementary strategies to crack this problem with “smart” cell therapies–living medicines that remain inert unless triggered by combinations of proteins that only ever […]