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From Cricket Choruses to Drosophila Calls

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2017

A handful of insect species communicate using auditory signals—sounds that researchers have dubbed “song.”

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The Mystery of Whale Song

By Kate Yandell | March 1, 2017

Structured whale songs are shared by group members and evolve over time, but the calls’ functions are still unclear.

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Fish Use a Variety of Sounds to Communicate

By Kerry Grens | March 1, 2017

Many fish species click, grunt, growl, grumble, or hum—but is it music?

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Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.

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RNA Interference Between Kingdoms

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2017

Plants and fungi can use conserved RNA interference machinery to regulate each other’s gene expression—and scientists think they can make use of this phenomenon to create a new generation of pesticides.

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May the Force Be with You

By Ning Wang | February 1, 2017

The dissection of how cells sense and propagate physical forces is leading to exciting new tools and discoveries in mechanobiology and mechanomedicine.

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Forensics 2.0

By Bob Grant | January 1, 2017

Meet the researchers working to untangle the mystery of a Missouri home filled with bones by bringing cutting-edge technologies into the crime lab.

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Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 1, 2017

An entire industry has sprung up around resurrecting failed drugs and recycling existing compounds for novel indications.

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Using Gene Drives to Limit the Spread of Malaria

By Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | January 1, 2017

Introducing genetic changes into mosquito populations could be key to effective malaria control.

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Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus

By Daniel H. Lin and André Hoelz | December 1, 2016

Solving a long-standing structural puzzle will open the door to understanding one of the cell’s most enigmatic machines.

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