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Infographic: How to Build a Synthetic Sensor

By | December 1, 2016

Scientists designed a genetic sensor-and-readout system, based on detecting a transcription factor, that performs a custom cellular activity.

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Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus

By and | December 1, 2016

Solving a long-standing structural puzzle will open the door to understanding one of the cell’s most enigmatic machines.

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Top 10 Innovations 2016

By | December 1, 2016

This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.

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Animal Microbiomes Are Unique and Beneficial to Their Hosts

By | November 29, 2016

Survey of 24 animal species suggests that each hosts a custom-tailored microbiome.

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A new literature review finds that even if babies born via Cesarean section have long-term health risks, as a number of past studies purport, it may not be a result of the procedure itself.

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Obesity-associated microbiome composition can persist after weight loss, affecting the exchange of metabolites between a mouse and its resident bugs, researchers report.

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Next Generation: Super-Fast Tracking of Single Molecules

By | November 23, 2016

A clever twist on a super-resolution microscopy technique improves the temporal resolution of single-molecule tracking. 

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How Diet Influences Host-Microbiome Communication in Mice

By | November 23, 2016

Researchers are beginning to decipher the metabolic language of the microbiome, and determine how gut microbes communicate with host tissue.

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Contributors

By | November 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the November 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Results from experiments in mice revise a long-held hypothesis that certain protein scaffolds are needed for synaptic activity.

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