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Stem Cells to Blame for Hair Loss?

By | February 8, 2016

Two new studies point to factors in hair follicle stem cells as players in age-related hair loss.

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Aging Shrinks Chromosomes

By | February 5, 2016

A study on human cells reveals how cellular aging affects the 3-D architecture of chromosomes.

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Mysterious Mechanisms of Cardiac Cell Therapy

By | February 4, 2016

Injections of progenitor cells into damaged rat hearts may improve function, but not because the implants themselves are creating new muscle.

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Holding Their Ground

By | February 1, 2016

To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.

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Plant Immunity

By | February 1, 2016

How plants fight off pathogens

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Schizophrenia and the Synapse

By | January 27, 2016

Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.

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Another Role for ApoE?

By | January 20, 2016

Key Alzheimer’s disease–related protein may be a transcriptional regulator.

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“Heroes of CRISPR” Disputed

By | January 19, 2016

Critics have harsh words for the Broad Institute’s Eric Lander and Cell over a recent perspective piece describing the history of CRISPR.

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Who Owns CRISPR, Cont’d

By | January 14, 2016

The US Patent and Trademark Office declares a patent “interference” and will seek to determine who has rights to the gene-editing technology.

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How Multicellularity Arose

By | January 11, 2016

Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 

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