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OPSINS: Tools of the trade

By | July 1, 2011

The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 

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C-ing with the Lights Out

By | July 1, 2011

I the dark Arctic shallows one research finds heterotrophic marine bacteria doing a surprising amount of carbon fixing.

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The Ninefold Ring

By | July 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Structural Biology

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Desperately Seeking Radioisotopes

By | July 1, 2011

New strategies are needed to address the current and future shortages of radioisotopes that threaten medical research and treatment.

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Meet the Crystal Smasher

By | July 1, 2011

Take a tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), whose ultra-powerful X-ray beam is being used to solve the structures of proteins that are notoriously hard to crystallize.

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Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons

By | July 1, 2011

This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 

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Probiotic Protection

By | July 1, 2011

Editor’s choice in microbiology

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Smashing Crystals

By | July 1, 2011

A powerful new X-ray–generating laser is imaging smaller crystals than ever before.

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image: Smashing Crystals

Smashing Crystals

July 1, 2011

A powerful new X-ray–generating laser is imaging smaller crystals than ever before.

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The Scientist’s Amanuensis

By | July 1, 2011

A virtual lab—where all sorts of parameters are monitored and recorded—promises researchers a higher degree of reproducibility.

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