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Fellow Travelers

By Dan Cossins | February 1, 2013

Collective cell migration relies on a directional signal that comes from the moving cluster, rather than from external cues.

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Stockpiling Histones

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2013

Histones stored on lipid droplets in fly embryos provide a backup supply when newly synthesized ones are lacking.

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Bacterial Sacrifice

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2013

Patterns of cell death aid in the formation of beneficial wrinkles during the development of bacterial biofilms.

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How Plants Feel

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2012

A hormone called jasmonate mediates plants' responses to touch and can boost defenses against pests.

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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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Microbial Awakening

By Hayley Dunning | November 1, 2012

Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.

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Exit Strategy

By Hayley Dunning | November 1, 2012

Large RNA-protein packets use a novel mechanism to escape the cell nucleus.

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Closing the Gap

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2012

A new assay shows that cells use lamellipodia as their primary mechanism to seal up holes in epithelial tissue.

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Flu Fights Dirty

By Hayley Dunning | September 1, 2012

Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.

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Munching Macrophages

By Sabrina Richards | July 1, 2012

Making macrophages in atherosclerotic plaques digest spent organelles instead of dying may help keep plaques stable.

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