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Antibiotic Bouncer

By | March 1, 2013

Contrary to previous assumptions that macrolide antibiotics completely block the exit tunnel of ribosomes, new evidence shows that some peptides are allowed to pass.

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Bacterial Buddies

By | March 1, 2013

A chance encounter with a crab apple tree leads to the discovery of a new bacterial species and clues to the evolution of insect endosymbionts.

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Biology Hacklabs

By | March 1, 2013

Fueled by donations, sweat, and occasional dumpster diving, community laboratories for DIY biologists are cropping up around the country.

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Buying Cell-Culture Products

By | March 1, 2013

A survey of The Scientist readers reveals who buys cell-growth products from whom, and why.

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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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Set It and Forget It

By | March 1, 2013

A tour of three systems for automating cell culture

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Sleep Protection

By | March 1, 2013

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

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Playing for Words

By | February 28, 2013

Children with dyslexia have an easier time learning to read after playing action video games that don’t incorporate reading.

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Circular RNA Surprise

By | February 28, 2013

Previously enigmatic circular RNAs have been found to influence gene expression by binding to and blocking another class of regulatory RNA, the microRNAs.

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Tadpoles See with Extra Eyes

By | February 27, 2013

Blind tadpoles regain vision when new eyes are grafted onto their tails. 

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