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Opinion: What Is Life?

By | February 16, 2012

Designing the simplest possible living organism artificially may lend clues as to what life is.

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Next Generation: Rockets for the Gut

By | February 14, 2012

Researchers develop a tiny device that motors around the stomach, fueled by its acidic environment.

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Freeze-tolerant Flies

By | February 13, 2012

Two steps help Drosophila melanogaster larvae survive freezing conditions.

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Next Generation: World’s First Nano-ear

By | February 10, 2012

A new device can detect sounds a million times fainter than the hearing threshold of the human ear.

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Opinion: No Objections to Nano?

By | February 3, 2012

While biotechnology has met with mixed public reactions, to date nanotechnology seems to invoke much less public concern.

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RNA Chases Its Tail

By | February 2, 2012

New research suggests that circular RNA transcripts are not as rare as previously thought.

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Opinion: Celebrities Pushing Drugs?

By | January 30, 2012

Celebrity spokespeople for pharma companies can manipulate the public’s understanding of disease.

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Opinion: Occupy Science?

By | January 24, 2012

Biomedical research can learn from citizen science, which is grounded in strong relationships with study participants.

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Next Generation: Sneaking into a Cell

By | January 18, 2012

A nanoscale device measures electrical signals inside cells without causing damage.

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Opinion: Confounded Cancer Markers

By | December 7, 2011

Prognostic signatures have become popular tools in cancer research, but it turns out signatures made of random genes are prognostic as well.

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