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Gut Feeling

By Ruth Williams | June 22, 2017

Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.

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The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.

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Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces

By Ashley P. Taylor | June 14, 2017

The brains of Polistes paper wasps express different genes when identifying faces than when distinguishing between simple patterns, a study finds.

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Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?

By Claire Asher | June 7, 2017

A study of off-target effects that sparked fear among investors of genome-editing companies receives methodological criticisms.

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Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock

By Ashley Yeager | June 6, 2017

Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.

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No Place to Hide

By Claire Asher | May 31, 2017

Environmental DNA is tracking down difficult-to-detect species, from rock snot in the U.S. to cave salamanders in Croatia.

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Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor

By Erin Hare | May 22, 2017

Genetically engineered "disco bacteria" sense and respond to different colors of light, creating both stunning art in the culture dish and new possibilities for synthetic biology.

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How Statistics Weakened mRNA’s Predictive Power

By Ruth Williams | May 22, 2017

Transcript abundance isn’t a reliable indicator of protein quantity, contrary to studies’ suggestions. 

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Blood Stem Cells Grown in the Lab

By Ashley Yeager | May 17, 2017

Researchers identify transcription factors and environmental conditions necessary to reprogram human and mouse cells into cells that function like hematopoietic stem cells.

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The RNA Age: A Primer

By Ruth Williams | May 11, 2017

Our guide to all known forms of RNA, from cis-NAT to vault RNA and everything in between.

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