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Best Places to Work Academia, 2012

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2012

On the 10th anniversary of The Scientist’s survey of life science academics, institutions are contending with tighter budgets and larger administrative staffs, while working to sustain and inspire their researchers.


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On the Chain Gang

By Keith D. Wilkinson and David Fushman | July 1, 2012

More than simply helping haul out a cell’s garbage, ubiquitin, with its panoply of chain lengths and shapes, marks and regulates many unrelated cellular processes.

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Telomeres in Disease

By Rodrigo Calado and Neal Young | May 1, 2012

Telomeres have been linked to numerous diseases over the years, but how exactly short telomeres cause diseases and how medicine can prevent telomere erosion are still up for debate.


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Are Cancer Stem Cells Ready for Prime Time?

By Suling Liu, Hasan Korkaya, and Max S. Wicha | April 1, 2012

A flood of new discoveries has refined our definition of cancer stem cells. Now it’s up to human clinical trials to test if they can make a difference in patients.


The Enigmatic Membrane

By Muriel Mari, Sharon A. Tooze, and Fulvio Reggiori | February 1, 2012

Despite years of research, the longstanding mystery of where the autophagosome gets its double lipid bilayers is not much clearer.


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Top Ten Innovations 2011

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2012

Our list of the best and brightest products that 2011 had to offer the life scientist


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Matters of Taste

By Thomas E. Finger and Sue C. Kinnamon | December 1, 2011

Compounds we perceive as sweet or bitter in the mouth trigger similar receptors and signaling pathways elsewhere in the body, helping to regulate digestion, respiration, and other systems.


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Opinion: Evolving Engineering

By George M. Church | October 1, 2011

Exploiting the unique properties of living systems makes synthetic biologists better engineers.


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Opinion: Synthesizing Life

By J. Craig Venter | October 1, 2011

Designing genomes from scratch will be the next revolution in biology.


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Interview: Speaking of Memory

By Edyta Zielinska | October 1, 2011

Considered a renegade by his peers, Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel used a simple model to probe the neural circuitry of memory.


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