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Opinion: Life’s X Factor

By | August 4, 2015

Did endosymbiosis—and the innovations in membrane bioenergetics it engendered—make it possible for eukaryotic life to evolve?

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Single-Unit Synthetic Ribosome

By | July 29, 2015

Scientists build a specialized ribosome with linked subunits that can translate designer transcripts in bacteria.


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AAAAA Is for Arrested Translation

By | July 24, 2015

Multiple consecutive adenosine nucleotides can cause protein translation machinery to stall on messenger RNAs.


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Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness

By | July 22, 2015

In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.


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Underground Immunity

By | July 16, 2015

Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 


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Toward Blood-based Cancer Detection

By | July 7, 2015

Circulating tumor cells, exosomes, and DNA can improve the diagnosis of many cancers. But are liquid biopsies ready for prime time?

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image: Opinion: Too Many Mitochondrial Genome Papers

Opinion: Too Many Mitochondrial Genome Papers

By | June 29, 2015

And too few insights gleaned from them


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Neanderthal-Human Hybrid Unearthed

By | June 22, 2015

DNA from the 40,000-year-old bones of a modern human found in Europe contains Neanderthal genes.


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Optogenetics Meets CRISPR

By | June 15, 2015

Researchers in Japan have developed a photoactivatable Cas9 nuclease to control CRISPR-based gene editing with the flip of a switch.


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Mosaic Mutations May Not Be Rare

By | June 5, 2015

Somatic mosaicism may be responsible for a larger proportion of genomic variability within humans than previously thought.


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