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An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.

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How Roundworms Sleep

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When Caenorhabditis elegans surrenders to slumber, the majority of its neurons fall silent.

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Gut Feeling

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Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.

Overzealous activity by mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in response to bacterial toxins can lead to illness instead of stopping it.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

At appropriations subcommittee hearings, President Trump’s budget proposal gets dissed by Republicans and Democrats.

The most destructive global coral bleaching event on record shows signs of remission in the Indian Ocean. 

New research suggests that the cells’ protein factories have preferences for specific messenger RNAs they translate. 

The European Union’s highest court issued a ruling yesterday that allows plaintiffs to sue vaccine makers without providing scientific evidence of harm.

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June 2017

Issue Cover: Foregoing Food

Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.

Contamination of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by microplastics is putting individual organisms at risk.

A rapid increase in the global incidence of the condition has researchers scrambling to understand the causes of the trend, and cope with the consequences.

Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.

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See a boa species that scientists hadn't witnessed alive in more than 50 years.

Watch the birth of platelets in the lungs of mice, a finding that contributes to a new understanding of the respiratory organs' role in blood formation.

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Innova to continue to provide custom bioconjugation services to support TTP’s Desktop Biology initiative

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