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Avoiding Salt

By | January 1, 2014

In a newly identified tropism, plant roots steer clear of salinity.

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Bacterial Persisters

By | January 1, 2014

A bacterial gene shuts down the cell's own protein synthesis, which sends the bacterium into dormancy and allows it to outlast antibiotics.

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Neurons On Demand

By | January 1, 2014

Astrocytes in the adult mouse brain can be reprogrammed into neuronal precursors, then neurons, in vivo.

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Herring Impaired

By | December 1, 2013

Changing ion channel densities allows fish to tune their hearing to male reproductive calls during breeding periods. 

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Intracellular Spirals

By | December 1, 2013

Membrane twists connect stacked endoplasmic reticulum sheets.

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Patchy Plankton

By | December 1, 2013

Turbulence interacts with the stabilizing efforts of motile phytoplankton to create small-scale patches of toxic, bloom-forming organisms.

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Bacterial Scaffolders

By | November 1, 2013

In mycelial bacteria, a protein that self-assembles into cytoskeletal networks is recruited to growing tips to shore up newly synthesized cell walls.

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Neurons Govern Immunity

By | November 1, 2013

Hunger-associated molecules in the hypothalamus suppress inflammation.  

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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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