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New Resource Ranks Chemical Probes for Human Proteins

By | December 14, 2017

With many probes being seriously flawed, Probe Miner helps researchers find those that are most specific and effective for manipulating their chosen proteins.

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Activating genes for reprogramming factors for a short time transforms large numbers of differentiated cells into multipotent forms that could be useful for cell-based therapies.

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Opinion: Taxable Tuition = Trouble for Graduate Students

By and | November 30, 2017

Our calculations find troubling increases in taxes if a US House–led tax plan succeeds, but tuition waivers, as the Senate bill has proposed, could actually reduce students’ tax burdens.

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Corals’ pH Sensor Identified

By | November 1, 2017

Soluble adenylyl cyclase measures and responds to pH changes in coral cells, but whether it can help the animals withstand ocean acidification is not yet known.

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Opinion: How to Define Cell Type

By , , and | November 1, 2017

Advances in single-cell technologies have revealed vast differences between cells once thought to be in the same category, calling into question how we define cell type in the first place.

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With the arrival of a new class of single-nucleotide editors, researchers can target the most common type of pathogenic SNP in humans.

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Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects

By | October 18, 2017

A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 

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Opinion: Microbiology Needs More Math

By | October 12, 2017

Empirical data and humans’ biased interpretations can only get so far in truly understanding life at the microscale.

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Scientists are using a powerful gene editing technique to understand how human embryos develop.

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How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes

By | October 6, 2017

Studies suggest not all critters fare well in extreme weather, though some thrive.

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