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Amoeba Eats Cells Alive

By Ed Yong | April 9, 2014

The intestinal parasite Entamoeba histolytica kills host cells by tearing pieces from them, which it then eats.

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Bridging Two Worlds

By Rachel Bernstein | April 4, 2014

Lynne Quarmby’s love of the natural world inspires her to explore beyond her cell biology lab through art.

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Old-School Fish Guides

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | March 18, 2014

Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.

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Making New Spinal Neurons

By Ed Yong | February 25, 2014

With a single gene, scientists reprogram supporting cells in the spines of living mice into new neurons.

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Settlement Signal

By Abby Olena | January 9, 2014

A marine bacterium generates contractile structures that are essential for the metamorphosis of a tubeworm.

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Top Scientists of 2013

By Tracy Vence | December 25, 2013

The Scientist commemorates prize-winning life scientists and remembers notable researchers who died this year.

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A Cancer Culprit in Autoimmunity

By Ruth Williams | December 5, 2013

Scientists discover that cancer can drive the autoimmune disorder scleroderma.

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Decoding Breast Cancer Drug Resistance

By Ed Yong | November 3, 2013

Common mutations in metastasized breast tumors suggest how the cancer can develop resistance to frontline drugs.

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Evolving Pain Resistance

By Jef Akst | 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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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By Ruth Williams | 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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