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Ubiquitin Chains in Action

By | July 1, 2012

Present in every tissue of the body, ubiquitin appears to be involved in a dizzying array of functions, from cell cycle and division to organelle and ribosome biogenesis, as well as the response to viral infection. The protein plays at least two role

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All’s Not Fair in Science and Publishing

By | July 1, 2012

False credit for scientific discoveries threatens the success and pace of research.

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Brain Mosaic

By | July 1, 2012

Retrotransposons contribute to genetic variability in human brain cells.

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SNAREs at the Synapse

By | July 1, 2012

Using tiny lipid discs, scientists resolve contradictory evidence about how many proteins are required for neurotransmitter release.

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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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NIH Tackles Racism

By | June 25, 2012

An advisory committee urges the federal funding agency to take steps to counter racial bias in the granting process.

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UK Gov’t Supports Open Access Plan

By | June 19, 2012

The UK government releases its recommendation that open access be “the main vehicle for the publication of research,” though it warns of the costs that could entail.

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fMRI Mind Reader

By | June 14, 2012

A neuroscientist tries to communicate with people in a vegetative state using brain imaging techniques.

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Opinion: What’s Wrong with COI?

By | June 12, 2012

Financial “conflicts of interest” should not be so quickly condemned. Industry relationships are unequivocally beneficial.

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The Fungus Among Us

By | June 11, 2012

Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.

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