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Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  


People whose pupils change more dramatically during a visual perception task tend to score higher on a self-reported scale of autistic traits.

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Image of the Day: Living Color

By The Scientist Staff | March 8, 2018

Biodegradable pigments could be custom-grown by bacteria in the future, say researchers.  


The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  

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Slime Mold in Residence

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 2, 2018

At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  


A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.


In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.


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Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2018

After discovering a novel organelle found in protozoan parasites, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roos created a widely used eukaryotic pathogen database.


Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.


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Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease

By Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | March 1, 2018

New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.

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