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The Ocular Microbiome

Researchers are beginning to study in depth the largely uncharted territory of the eye’s microbial composition.

Sound and Light Show

Sounds trigger a response in the visual cortex that predicts how accurately a person can identify a visual target.

Science Gone Social

Scientists are beginning to embrace social media as a viable means of communicating with public audiences.

A Visionary’s Poor Vision, 1685

William Briggs’s theory of optic nerve architecture was unusual and incorrect, but years later it led to Isaac Newton’s explanation of binocular vision.

Guiding Light

Retinal glial cells acting as optical fibers shuttle longer wavelengths of light to individual cones.

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How Rice Overcomes Arsenic

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Researchers have discovered a transporter protein in rice that sequesters arsenic in vacuoles, preventing the toxic element from traveling into grains.

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Ancient Sex

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Fossils of an extinct, armored fish challenge current understanding of when copulation and internal fertilization evolved in jawed vertebrates.

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Myelin’s Role in Motor Learning

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The production of new myelin in the brain—a function of non-neuronal glial cells—may be necessary for motor learning, a mouse study shows.

GENETICS publishes a commentary criticizing a Nature Neuroscience paper claiming that mice can inherit smell sensitivities that their parents acquired during life.

The Nutshell

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Five-thousand years after agricultural practices spread across Neolithic Europe, human populations remained unable to digest sugars from the milk of mammals.

Unique chemistry allows microbes to strip pollutants of halogen atoms, a study shows.

Two teams report molecular diagnosis rates of 25 percent sequencing separate sets of patients with undiagnosed, suspected genetic conditions.

In the wake of a handful of biosafety lapses at federal research facilities, the US government is temporarily halting funding for new studies aiming to give novel functions to influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.

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October 2014

Using the latest technologies, researchers are constructing novel prosthetic devices to restore vision in the blind.

Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.

Scientists are taking to social media to challenge weak research, share replication attempts in real time, and counteract hype. Will this online discourse enrich the scientific process?

An overview of visual processing

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An overview of visual processing

See the striking images behind the quest to develop stem cell therapeutics for vision disorders.

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Phenomenex Introduces First Synthetic Sorbent for Simplified Liquid Extraction (SLE).

Eppendorf’s new Mastercycler® nexus X2 provides a multi-block solution for simultaneous PCR runs

GE Healthcare Life Sciences launches Capto™ S ImpAct cation exchange chromatography medium for efficient and flexible purification of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs).

Gas Bubblers Provide Simple Visual Confirmation of Inert Atmosphere

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Marie-Paule Kieny started off her comment oh so right, but then continued oh so wrong.  In this case, forget the bioethicists. Kieny should have said, "We need to tell the bioethicists that there is no other choice."


- Unknown, Bioethics of Experimental Ebola Treatments
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