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Cutting the Wire

By | December 1, 2014

Optical techniques for monitoring action potentials

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Homo Minutus

By | December 1, 2014

A miniature platform with multiple organ-on-a-chip constructs aims to speed up drug discovery—and create better transplants for patients.

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Incentivizing Breakthroughs

By | December 1, 2014

With scientific funding on shaky ground, big-dollar competitions offer a new way for life-science innovators to bring their ideas to fruition.

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Loaded Words

By | December 1, 2014

As new technologies emerge, we must choose our words for them with care: names can negatively bias the inevitable debates over the ethics of scientific advances.

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Microflora for Hire

By | December 1, 2014

The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.

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Nuclear Pore QA

By | December 1, 2014

A known membrane-remodeling complex earns a newly identified role as a quality-assurance director during the assembly of nuclear pores.

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Polymerase Pieces

By | December 1, 2014

Researchers discover a new subunit of a bacterial RNA polymerase—as well as hints of its potential role in defending against viruses.

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Sorting Made Simpler

By | December 1, 2014

A guide to affordable, compact fluorescence-activated cell sorters

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Speaking of Science

By | December 1, 2014

December 2014's selection of notable quotes

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The Cellular Revolution

By | December 1, 2014

Early life-forms started engaging in planet-altering biological innovation more than a half billion years ago.

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