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Clostridium botulinum produces a transcription factor that can aggregate and self-propagate a prion-like form, leading to genome-wide changes in gene expression in E. coli, according to a study.

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A team of scientists was unable to replicate controversial, high-profile findings published in 2011.

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The US House of Representatives “Select Investigative Panel” recommends that the NIH investigate fetal tissue research, and consider no longer funding certain types. 

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Do Preprints Belong in Grant Applications?

By | January 6, 2017

As the NIH questions the place of preprints in grant applications, the U.K.’s MRC encourages scientists to submit non-peer-reviewed works for consideration.

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NIH: Allergen-Exposure Strategy Can Prevent Peanut Allergy

By | January 5, 2017

In light of recent allergen-exposure studies, an agency-sponsored panel has formally recommended early introduction of peanuts in an effort to prevent potentially life-threatening allergies.

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US Postdocs Grapple with Salary Changes

By | December 16, 2016

Postdocs nationwide were set to have an increased minimum salary or become eligible for overtime pay until a court injunction halted new Department of Labor regulations.

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Video: Watch Cells Crawl To Firmer Ground

By | December 11, 2016

This collective migration, called durotaxis, depends on which cells get the best grip on a surface.

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Scientists present evidence of bacteria-driven mating in flagellate eukaryotes at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.

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Controlled Splicing Extends Life Span in Roundworms

By | December 7, 2016

Increasing the expression of an RNA splicing factor mimics dietary restriction, prolonging life in nematodes. 

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“Celldance” Selections

By | December 5, 2016

Highlights from the American Society for Cell Biology’s 2016 video grant competition

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