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Sexless Hook-Up

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 1, 2014

Genome fusion at stem graft junctions can generate new plant species.

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Long-Distance Call

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 1, 2014

Neurons may use interferon signals transmitted over great distances to fend off viral infection.

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Avoiding Salt

By Abby Olena | January 1, 2014

In a newly identified tropism, plant roots steer clear of salinity.

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Flexible Cells

By Kate Yandell | September 1, 2013

When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.

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Loss of Potential

By Dan Cossins | June 1, 2013

In the fruit fly, the ability of neural stem cells to make the full repertoire of neurons is regulated by the movement of key genes to the nuclear periphery.

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Viruses on the Brain

By Beth Marie Mole | May 1, 2013

Viral infections of the central nervous system may trigger cytokines that induce seizures.

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Smurf-y Old Age

By Beth Marie Mole | April 1, 2013

Flies turning blue help researchers link the deterioration of the intestinal barrier to age-related death.

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Fast Worms

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2013

A microfluidic device scans individual C. elegans for abnormal traits and sorts wild-type animals from mutants.

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The Plastic Genome

By Beth Marie Mole | December 1, 2012

The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.

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Drug Allergy in the Pocket

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2012

An HIV drug can bind to and alter the function of an immune molecule, causing a dangerous reaction in patients with a particular allele.

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