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The Bright Side of Prions

By Randal Halfmann | January 1, 2014

Associated with numerous neurological diseases, misfolded proteins may also play decisive roles in normal cellular functioning.  


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One Man's Trash...

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2013

Scientists who dared to waste their time looking at the midbody, a remnant of cell division, have catapulted the organelle to new prominence.


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Taking Shape

By Wallace F. Marshall | December 1, 2013

The causes of a cell’s three-dimensional structure remain a fundamental mystery of cell biology.


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Top 10 Innovations 2013

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2013

The Scientist’s annual competition uncovered a bonanza of interesting technologies that made their way onto the market and into labs this year.

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Out of Sync

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2013

Why eating at the wrong times is tied to such profound and negative effects on our bodies


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Color from Structure

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2013

Researchers are working to understand how often-colorless biological nanostructures give rise to some of the most spectacular technicolor displays in nature.


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Fat's Immune Sentinels

By Justin Odegaard and Ajay Chawla | December 1, 2012

Certain immune cells keep adipose tissue in check by helping to define normal and abnormal physiological states.


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Coming to Terms

By Anna Ajduk and Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz | November 1, 2012

New noninvasive methods of selecting the most viable embryo could revolutionize in vitro fertilization.


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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism

By Ethan J. Anderson and David A. Taylor | November 1, 2012

Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.


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Pleasant to the Touch

By Sabrina Richards | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.


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