Ruth Williams

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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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Stressing and FRETing

By | August 1, 2014

Two labs have produced FRET-based systems for real-time analysis of a plant stress hormone.

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Next Generation: See-through Mice

By | July 31, 2014

An improved tissue-clearing technique makes whole animals transparent.

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Are Leishmania Protecting their Sand Fly Hosts?

By | July 23, 2014

The microbial contents of sand fly stomachs may have important consequences for the spread of leishmaniasis.

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Next Generation: Biological Pacemakers

By | July 16, 2014

Direct reprogramming of cardiac muscle cells into pacemaker cells gives pig hearts back their rhythm.

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Inherited Intelligence

By | July 10, 2014

Cognitive testing in chimpanzee pedigrees reveals a genetic basis for intelligence.

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Protein Helps Cells Adapt—or Die

By | July 3, 2014

Scientists show how cell stress both prevents and promotes cell suicide in a study that’s equally divisive.

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Laser-Guided Chastity

By | July 1, 2014

Scientists devise a precision-targeted system for training, tracking, and tweaking fruit fly social behavior.

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Laser-Guided Cock Block

By | July 1, 2014

See the experiment that used lasers and optogenetics to alter sexual behavior in Drosophila.

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Speeding Up Antiviral T Cell Production

By | June 25, 2014

Scientists come up with a simpler, more efficient strategy for making multivirus-targeting T cells for immunotherapy.

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