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The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.


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Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular

By Bob Grant | October 17, 2016

The unicellular ancestor of animals may have harbored some of the molecular tools that its many-celled descendants use to coordinate and direct cell differentiation and function, scientists show.


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Kissing Cousins

By Catherine Offord | May 1, 2016

Researchers discover a completely novel mechanism of cell signaling involving soluble chemokines and their transmembrane equivalents.


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Michael Smith: Biomechanic

By Jef Akst | September 1, 2013

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University. Age: 37


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Modified Toxin to Treat Obesity?

By Dan Cossins | May 29, 2013

Researchers show that a synthetic peptide derived from a sea anemone toxin has potent weight-regulating effects in a mouse model of obesity.  


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Cell-Based Computing Goes Analog

By Sabrina Richards | May 20, 2013

Synthetic biologists are looking to analog, not digital, circuits to create cell-based calculators that can add, divide, and even perform algorithms.


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From Toxins to Therapeutics

By Dan Cossins | March 19, 2013

Researchers are finding new drugs for chronic pain and autoimmune diseases by modifying animal venom-derived molecules that target the nervous and immune systems.

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Do Mice Make Bad Models?

By Dan Cossins | February 11, 2013

A study suggests that some mouse models do not accurately mimic human molecular mechanisms of inflammatory response, but other mouse strains may fare better.


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Stem Cells Not Rejected

By Dan Cossins | January 25, 2013

Researchers uncover more evidence that reprogrammed stem cells are not attacked by the immune system, suggesting they may one day serve as effective therapies.

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New Biological Pacemaker

By Dan Cossins | December 18, 2012

In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.


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