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Matters of Taste

By | December 1, 2011

Compounds we perceive as sweet or bitter in the mouth trigger similar receptors and signaling pathways elsewhere in the body, helping to regulate digestion, respiration, and other systems.


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Opinion: Evolving Engineering

By | October 1, 2011

Exploiting the unique properties of living systems makes synthetic biologists better engineers.


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Opinion: Synthesizing Life

By | October 1, 2011

Designing genomes from scratch will be the next revolution in biology.


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Interview: Speaking of Memory

By | October 1, 2011

Considered a renegade by his peers, Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel used a simple model to probe the neural circuitry of memory.


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Tinkering With Life

By | October 1, 2011

A decade’s worth of engineering-infused biology


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Synthetic Biology

By , and | October 1, 2011

Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.


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What Causes Alzheimer’s?

By | September 1, 2011

Researchers and pharma companies have tried to attack this disease by reducing amyloid plaques, but inflammation may be the real culprit.


It's a Cell-Eat-Cell World

By | August 1, 2011

For more than 100 years, pathologists have observed cancer cells engulfing other live cells, but scientists are only now beginning to understand how it happens and what it means for tumorigenesis.


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Sharing the Bounty

By | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria may be the missing piece that explains the connection between diet and cancer risk.


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Exosome Explosion

By | July 1, 2011

These small membrane vesicles do much more than clean up a cell’s trash—they also carry signals to distant parts of the body, where they can impact multiple dimensions of cellular life.



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