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Telomeres in Disease

By | 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 | 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.

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The Enigmatic Membrane

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | October 1, 2011

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

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Opinion: Synthesizing Life

By | October 1, 2011

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

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Interview: Speaking of Memory

By | 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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Tinkering With Life

By | October 1, 2011

A decade’s worth of engineering-infused biology

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Synthetic Biology

By , , and | October 1, 2011

Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.

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