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Exit Strategy

By | November 1, 2012

Large RNA-protein packets use a novel mechanism to escape the cell nucleus.

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Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched

By | October 30, 2012

A study finds that the genomes of swine and human flu viruses associated with a county fair in Ohio are almost perfectly matched, suggesting interspecies transmission.

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mRNA Not Equal in All Cells

By | October 26, 2012

Scientists identify a false assumption of standard gene expression analyses that could lead to the reappraisal of many prior studies.

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Eggs Trade Genes

By | October 24, 2012

Swapping chromosomes from one human egg to another could eliminate mitochondrial DNA mutations that cause disease.

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hESC Opponents File with Supreme Court

By | October 12, 2012

Scientists fighting the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research bring their case before the country’s highest court.

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Growing New Neurons

By | October 4, 2012

Brain cells called pericytes can be reprogrammed into neurons with just two proteins, pointing to a novel way to treat neurodegenerative disorders.

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Retraction Remorse

By | October 3, 2012

The journal that published and abruptly retracted the first study linking the lab-made virus XMRV to disease apologizes to the authors.

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Salmonella Strain Spreads Alongside HIV

By | October 1, 2012

Researchers find that a deadly bacterial disease hitchhikes in people infected with the virus that causes AIDS to spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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(Re)Programming Director

By | October 1, 2012

Unwilling to accept the finality of terminal differentiation, Helen Blau has honed techniques that showcase the flexibility of cells to adopt different identities.

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Closing the Gap

By | October 1, 2012

A new assay shows that cells use lamellipodia as their primary mechanism to seal up holes in epithelial tissue.

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