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Fungus Versus Plant

By | October 3, 2013

The crop-destroying gray mold fungus uses RNA weapons to disable plant defenses and invade.

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Going Viral

By | September 1, 2013

Bacteriophages shuttle genes between diverse ecosystems.

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Going Viral

By | September 1, 2013

From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.

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Opinion: Restoring Tomato Flavor

By | August 28, 2013

Commercial tomatoes rarely have that fresh vine-ripened flavor that everyone loves, but the ideal recipe for tomato taste is now known. Will growers embrace the new cultivars?

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Week in Review, July 8–12

By | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

By | July 1, 2013

Paul Ehrlich came up with an explanation for cellular interactions based on receptors, earning a Nobel Prize and the title "Father of Modern Immunology"—only to have his theory forgotten.

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Fungus-Fighting Genes

By | June 27, 2013

Two genes from wild relatives of wheat could save domestic wheat from fungal destruction.

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Week in Review, June 17–21

By | June 21, 2013

On the gene patent decision; a high-res human brain model; bats’ influence on moths mating calls; toxicants threaten brain health; platelet-driven immunity

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Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria

By | June 16, 2013

The cell fragments play a role in the body’s first line of defense against bacterial infection, helping white blood cells grab blood-borne bacteria in the liver.

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Ripening Genes Pegged

By | June 13, 2013

Researchers identify thousands of plant genes activated by the gaseous hormone ethylene, which influences ripening, pathogen defense, growth regulation, and more.

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