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Newts' New Eyes

By | December 1, 2011

Cut off a newt’s tail or a leg, or remove a lens from its eye, and it grows back. However, whether newts can continue to do this throughout their lives, or lose the ability as they get older, has remained a mystery. 

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Avoiding Animal Testing

By | December 1, 2011

Advances in cell-culture technologies are paving the way to the complete elimination of animals from the laboratory.

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Brake Failure

By | December 1, 2011

Editor’s choice in Cell Biology

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Breaching the Wall

By | December 1, 2011

Editor’s choice in immunology

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Flow Cytometry for the Masses

By | December 1, 2011

Tagging antibodies with rare earth metals instead of fluorescent molecules turns a veteran technique into a high-throughput powerhouse.

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Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways

By | December 1, 2011

The tongue may be the epicenter of taste sensation, but taste receptors are scattered throughout the digestive and respiratory tracts.

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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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Human ES Cells Evolve in Culture

By | November 28, 2011

Researchers identify common genetic changes in cultured human embryonic stem cells, including one that confers a growth advantage.

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How Skin Tells Time

By | November 9, 2011

The behavior of skin stem cells is regulated by a 24-hour circadian clock.

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Fighting Cancer with Light

By | November 7, 2011

Researchers have developed a way to activate cancer fighting drugs by pulsing them with light, which could make such therapies safer.

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