Physcomitrella patens and the cytoskeleton’s role in cell development

Recent research using moss may give more insight into how the components of the cytoskeleton communicate with each other. The cytoskeleton, a supportive, intracellular structure, is integral to cellular function. Composed of microtubules, actin filaments, and intermediate filaments, the cytoskeleton transports proteins and maintains cellular integrity. However, the mechanisms it … Continue reading

Prehistoric Conditions Predict Extended Drought in California

Evidence of prehistoric droughts indicate current levels of greenhouse gases could lead to century-long droughts, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. Led by UCLA professor Glen MacDonald, the study examined how radiative forcing—a climatic warming process involving sun spots, changes in the earth’s orbit, and decreases … Continue reading