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Sweet Smell of Success

By | July 1, 2012

With persistence and pluck, Leslie Vosshall managed to snatch insect odorant receptors from the jaws of experimental defeat.

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The Little Cell That Could

By | July 1, 2012

Critics point out that cell therapy has yet to top existing treatments. Biotech companies are setting out to change that—and prove that the technology can revolutionize medicine.

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Ubiquitin basics

By | July 1, 2012

Despite its discovery as a protein that seems to show up everywhere, at least in eukaryotic cells, researchers are only beginning to scratch the surface of all of the cellular functions involving ubiquitin. 

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Jumping Genes a Cause of Cancer?

By | June 28, 2012

Genome sequence analysis confirms mobile genetic elements are a mutagenic mechanism in a variety of cancers.

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Flower Barcodes

By | June 28, 2012

Wales creates a database of DNA barcodes for all of its native flowering plants, hoping to guide conservation and drug development efforts.

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Roundup from Microbiology Meeting

By | June 21, 2012

Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.

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A Plea to the FDA

By | June 21, 2012

Protesters crash the BIO conference to protest the delayed approval of a breast cancer drug.

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Gene Patents Back in Court

By | June 19, 2012

A public interest legal group has renewed the fight against DNA patenting.

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Stem Cells from Corpses

By | June 15, 2012

Researchers pull viable cells from bodies that had been dead for more than 2 weeks.

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Cancer-Fighting Virus

By | June 13, 2012

A small patient trial offers hope that cancer-killing viruses might be a viable therapy after all.

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