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Renowned Molecular Biologist Dies

By | May 6, 2015

Alexander Rich, discoverer of Z-DNA, the RNA-DNA double helix, and the structure of collagen, has passed away at age 90.


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Giant DNA Origami

By | September 18, 2014

Researchers create the largest 3-D DNA structures to date, many times bigger than previously constructed origami shapes.


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MIT Provost Steps Down

By | September 18, 2013

Chris Kaiser, a molecular biologist, leaves his administrative post to return to research and teaching.


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Crack Control

By | March 1, 2013

Nanoscale cracks in bone dissipate energy to protect against fracture, a process that appears to be regulated by the interaction of two proteins.


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Sleep Protection

By | March 1, 2013

Inducing certain brain patterns extends non-REM sleep in mice.


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Breast Cancer Pioneer Dies

By | January 3, 2013

Elwood Jensen, whose research inspired new treatments for breast cancer, has passed away at age 92.


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Capsule Reviews

By | January 1, 2013

Life's Ratchet, The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix, The Fractalist and Hallucinations

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Real-time Outbreak Sequencing

By | December 19, 2012

Sequencing the whole genomes of bacterial pathogens as they spread among hospital patients and health care workers could transform the control of infectious disease.


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New Biological Pacemaker

By | December 18, 2012

In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.


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Conserved Chromatin?

By | December 10, 2012

Archaea packages DNA around histones in a similar way to eukaryotes, suggesting that fitting a large genome into a small space was not the original role of chromatin.


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