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Penetrating the Brain

By | November 1, 2013

Researchers use molecular keys, chisels, and crowbars to open the last great biochemical barricade in the body—the blood-brain barrier.

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Evolving Pain Resistance

By | October 24, 2013

Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.

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Week in Review: October 14–18

By | October 18, 2013

Ancient mosquito fossilized with blood meal; waste in academic research; the ethics of guest authorship; US government shutdown ends

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FDA Considers Three-Parent IVF

By | October 17, 2013

The US regulatory agency will meet next week to discuss whether to allow human trials of a technique that combines the genetic information of three adults.

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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By | October 10, 2013

The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.

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Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions

By | October 10, 2013

Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results. 

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Opinion: The Best Projects Are Least Obvious

By | September 25, 2013

Today’s technologies have opened all sorts of experimental avenues. Deciding which questions are best to pursue requires a certain degree of restraint.

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New Organelle: The Tannosome

By | September 23, 2013

Researchers identify a structure in plants responsible for the production of tannins.

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image: Opinion: Reasons for the R&D Crisis

Opinion: Reasons for the R&D Crisis

By | September 23, 2013

Response to an opinion in The Scientist charting current pitfalls in translational research

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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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