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Munching Macrophages

By | July 1, 2012

Making macrophages in atherosclerotic plaques digest spent organelles instead of dying may help keep plaques stable.

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On the Chain Gang

By | July 1, 2012

More than simply helping haul out a cell’s garbage, ubiquitin, with its panoply of chain lengths and shapes, marks and regulates many unrelated cellular processes.

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Polypharmacy

By | July 1, 2012

Dietary supplements can have serious side effects when mixed with prescription drugs, but not all herb-drug interactions are bad.

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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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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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Link to Second Heart Attack Uncovered

By | June 27, 2012

Researchers elucidate how a first heart attack sets the stage for later heart trouble by boosting inflammatory cell development.

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iPad Affects Shunt Settings

By | June 26, 2012

The settings of programmable shunt devices used to treat brain swelling in children can be altered by magnetic fields, such as those given off by the Apple iPad 2.

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Natural Antidepressant Discovered

By | June 25, 2012

A newly recognized chemical factor in the brain, called neuritin, regulates plasticity and may play a role in depression.

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