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Critical Connections

By | December 1, 2011

Through a series of sustained collaborations, Joshua Sanes has deciphered the molecular synergy that guides synapse formation.

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Eye of Newt

By | December 1, 2011

Researchers find that newts are capable of regenerating body parts well into old age.

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Frank Bradke: Privy to Axon Growth

By | December 1, 2011

Full Professor and Senior Research Group Leader, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Age: 42

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Newts' New Eyes

By | December 1, 2011

Cut off a newt’s tail or a leg, or remove a lens from its eye, and it grows back. However, whether newts can continue to do this throughout their lives, or lose the ability as they get older, has remained a mystery. 

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Avoiding Animal Testing

By | December 1, 2011

Advances in cell-culture technologies are paving the way to the complete elimination of animals from the laboratory.

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Brake Failure

By | December 1, 2011

Editor’s choice in Cell Biology

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Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways

By | December 1, 2011

The tongue may be the epicenter of taste sensation, but taste receptors are scattered throughout the digestive and respiratory tracts.

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Matters of Taste

By | December 1, 2011

Compounds we perceive as sweet or bitter in the mouth trigger similar receptors and signaling pathways elsewhere in the body, helping to regulate digestion, respiration, and other systems.

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Human ES Cells Evolve in Culture

By | November 28, 2011

Researchers identify common genetic changes in cultured human embryonic stem cells, including one that confers a growth advantage.

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Birth Control Pills and Prostate Cancer

By | November 16, 2011

A new study suggests a possible link between the use of oral contraceptives and rising prostate cancer rates.

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