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In 1992, advancements in microscopy zoomed in on the precise architecture of the complex, including unforeseen structural repetition in two halves of the ring.

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Two-Photon Microscopy’s Historic Influence on Neuroscience

By Alison F. Takemura | November 1, 2016

In the 1990s, the development of this gentler and more precise microscopy method improved scientists’ ability to probe neurons’ activity and anatomy.

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Science History: The First Transgenic Arabidopsis

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2016

Tweaks to a transformation protocol in 1986 cemented the little plant's mighty role in plant genetics research.

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ESP on Trial

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2016

In the 1930s, parapsychologist Joseph Banks Rhine aimed to use scientific methods to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception, but faced criticisms of dubious analyses and irreproducible results.

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By ditching traditional agar-based media, two biochemists captured iconic images of Myxococcus in 1982.

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The Rabies Vaccine Backstory

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2016

Louis Pasteur’s trepidation at injecting a child with the first rabies vaccine might have reflected his private knowledge of its lack of prior animal testing.

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Picturing Inheritance, 1916

By Amanda B. Keener | May 1, 2016

This year marks the centennial of Calvin Bridges’s description of nondisjunction as proof that chromosomes are vehicles for inheritance.

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image: Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891

Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2016

Now hailed as the father of immunotherapy, William Coley pioneered extraordinary methods to treat cancer.

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Cave Dwellers, 1938

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2016

Renowned sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman and a colleague spent a month underground to test the body’s natural rhythms.

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image: Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902

Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902

By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

Raphael Weldon’s critiques of Mendelian principles were 100 years ahead of his time.

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