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Guidance Counselors

By | November 1, 2013

Cell-adhesion molecules help newborn neurons migrate to their intended destinations within the neocortex.

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Let It Linger

By | October 1, 2013

Prolonged responses to odors, called afterimages, may originate in the brain, rather than in the nose.

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Odor Encoder

By | October 1, 2013

Ensembles of as few as 25 mushroom body neurons allow Drosophila to distinguish and react to specific odors. 

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Scent Sorting

By | October 1, 2013

In discrete neuron networks linking odor receptors in the nose to higher brain areas, similar odors are parsed by deep-lying cells with narrow odor selectivity.

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Flexible Cells

By | September 1, 2013

When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.

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Microbial Fuel Factories

By | September 1, 2013

An archaeon takes the first steps toward making a liquid fuel from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas.

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Shell Sculpture

By | September 1, 2013

A mathematical model explains the physical mechanisms behind the formation of seashell spines, an insight that could shed light on the convergent evolution of the trait.

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Remodeling Myelin

By | August 1, 2013

New oligodendrocytes in the adult mouse brain appear to remodel existing myelin sheaths, which may fine-tune the speed of nerve impulses.

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Shushing RNA

By | August 1, 2013

The cell detains potentially harmful RNA messages in the spliceosome long enough to create interfering RNAs against the aberrant messages.

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Floppy Cells

By | July 29, 2013

Cell division in L-forms—bacterial variants that have no cell walls—could shed light on how primitive life forms replicated.

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