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Sree Rama Chaitanya

Molecular Biology

The Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics

I am a molecular biologist interested in how DNA and RNA work together in cells. What started as the last question in my Ph.D. dissertation exam - “how would you explain your work to a layman?” - brought me to science communication.

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DNA-RNA hybrid molecules keep the very centers of our cells together

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Complex arrangements of these molecules keep the molecular machinery in our cells working properly

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Intestinal roundworm cells eat their own DNA as part of a healthy lifecycle

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During their development, DNA off the ends of their chromosomes are chopped off and destroyed

A special protein keeps chromosomes neat and clean during mitosis

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The protein, called Ki-67, has similar properties to our detergents

Scientists discover a gene for scarless skin regeneration

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This gene is active in newborn mice and gets turned off as they age

Succinate is the key to muscle communication during exercise

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A new study examines the complex molecular signaling that happens in your muscles when you move

How does space travel affect astronaut's chromosomes?

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Astronaut study reveals new intricacies of spaceflight radiation's stress on telomere length

Tardigrades glow bright to survive blasts of UV radiation

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A fluorescent coat protects some species of tardigrade from lethal doses of UV radiation

Working-class ants take the reins when the Indian jumping ant queen dies

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This transition fundamentally changes their brains

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Skin cells protect their DNA from bumps and bruises with a jello-like response

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Cells' responses to microscopic pushes and pulls prevent cancers from forming

Rachel Stewart

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The oceans contain vast mineral resources. Can the deep sea be mined without catastrophic results?

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Mining agencies promise to minimize harm to ocean ecosystems. Scientists say we can't predict its full extent — or how to reverse it

Ashley Marranzino

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Reintroducing sea otters is good for the environment and the economy, and both matter

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More sea otters are detrimental to fisheries income, but economic gains in other sectors outweigh these losses

Matthew Vandermeulen

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Whale sharks' huge bodies mean they've never really been cold-blooded

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Studying these enormous animals requires close collaboration between scientists and aquariums

Brittney G. Borowiec

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Scientists unmask a virus that mimicked human RNA and hit on a potential vaccine

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Human metapneumovirus is a molecular mimic, sneaking past immune systems to cause cold symptoms

Ankita Arora

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Widespread PFAS chemical pollution will likely make COVID-19 worse

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These common household and industrial chemicals impair immune system function

Anna Robuck

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5400 kilometers of vaporized ice: scientists have unearthed the mystery of the planet's oldest known crater

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The Yarrabubba impact likely sent Earth's climate straight from the icehouse into the greenhouse

Julie Hollis

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Fights are good for science. Just ask Elizabeth Nolan or Louis Pasteur

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Disagreements over Nolan's findings on slowing down bacteria are just part of a healthy scientific process

Lauren Gandy

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