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Molecular Machinists Win Nobel

By Ben Andrew Henry | October 5, 2016

Chemists Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard Feringa are honored for their design and synthesis of molecular machines.

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Circadian-Controlled Thirst

By Ruth Williams | September 28, 2016

Scientists determine how the brain’s central clock regulates drinking prior to sleep in rodents.

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How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By Ruth Williams | September 21, 2016

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

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Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 12, 2016

Byproducts of gut microbes in some 1-month–old babies trigger inflammation that is linked to later asthma development, researchers find.

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Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time

By Jenny Rood | September 8, 2016

As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.

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One Receptor, Two Ligands, Different Responses

By Ruth Williams | August 31, 2016

Host and bacterial ligands that interact with the same cell-surface receptor induce different activities in human macrophages. 

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One Antigen Receptor Induces Two T cell Types

By Ruth Williams | August 26, 2016

Precursor T cells bearing the same antigen receptor adopt two different fates in mice.

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Using RNA to Amplify RNA

By Abby Olena | August 15, 2016

Researchers apply in vitro evolution to generate an RNA enzyme capable of copying and amplifying RNA.

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Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 21, 2016

Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find. 

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A 3-D carbon nanotube mesh enables rat spinal tissue sections to reconnect in culture.

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