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Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants

By | October 1, 2016

Traditional stop codons have a double meaning in the protozoans' mRNA, sometimes calling for an amino acid during translation.

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Protozoans Found With No Dedicated Stop Codons

By | October 1, 2016

Some ciliates use the same trio of nucleotides to code for an amino acid and to stop translation.

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Traditional Medicine for Leishmaniasis

By | September 14, 2015

A plant used in traditional Mayan remedies to cure the parasitic infection produces a potent compound.

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Shuffling Through Seven Sexes

By | March 28, 2013

Researchers show that random rearrangement of DNA determines which of seven possible mating types the offspring of a single-celled microbe will be.

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Epigenetic Enigmas

By | October 17, 2012

Overturning previous studies, a peculiar protozoan mysteriously uses a DNA-markup system to take out the genetic trash.   

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The Salinella salve Mystery

By | October 1, 2012

Salinella salve, an organism described as a single layer of cells, ciliated on both inner and outer surfaces and surrounding…

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Gone Missing, circa 1892

By | October 1, 2012

A unique organism sighted only once, more than a century ago, could shed light on the evolution of multicellularity—if it ever actually existed.

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