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A new device uses anchored nanowires to capture extracellular vesicles from pee for microRNA analysis.

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Microbiota Manipulations

By Ruth Williams | July 17, 2017

Two research teams develop tools for tinkering with a bacterial genus prominent in human guts.

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Targeting Tregs Halts Cancer’s Immune Helpers

By Ruth Williams | April 1, 2017

New monoclonal antibodies kill both cancer-promoting immunosuppressive cells and tumor cells in culture.

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Promoting Protein Partnerships

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

Scientists generate new protein-protein interactions at an impressive PACE.

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Wanted: Transcriptional Regulators

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2016

Researchers have designed a screen to find unique molecules, called riboswitches, that determine whether transcription will proceed.

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Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2016

Lacing insect food with microbes encoding double-stranded RNAs can suppress insect gene expression.

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Tumor-Shrinking Triple-Helices

By Ruth Williams | April 1, 2016

A braided structure and some adhesive hydrogel make therapeutic microRNAs both stable and sticky.

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Scanning for SIV’s Sanctuaries

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2015

Whole-body immunoPET scans of SIV-infected macaques reveal where the replicating virus hides.  

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Bursting Cancer’s Bubble

By Ruth Williams | April 1, 2015

Scientists make oxygen-filled microbubbles designed to increase tumor sensitivity to radiation.

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Bespoke Cell Jackets

By Ruth Williams | December 1, 2014

Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.

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