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The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.

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How Viruses Attack Plants

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.

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The switch from maternal factors involves dynamic reprogramming of the zygotic genome.

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These Flies Suck. . . Frogs

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2017

Insects feast on amorous tungara frogs by eavesdropping on their amphibian love songs.

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Infographic: Evolving Virulence

By Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | October 1, 2017

Tracking the myxoma virus in the wild rabbit populations of Australia has yielded insight into how pathogens and their hosts evolve.

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image: Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body

Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

In addition to circulating in the blood as immune sentinels, macrophages play specialized roles in different organs around the body.

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Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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image: Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA

Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA

By Skirmantas Kriaucionis | September 1, 2017

To expand the basic nucleotide alphabet, many species modify their DNA with epigenetic marks.

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image: Worms’ Epigenetic Memories

Worms’ Epigenetic Memories

By Catherine Offord | July 17, 2017

When kept at warmer temperatures for five generations, C. elegans showed evidence of “remembering” that experience for up to 14 generations.

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