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image: Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body

Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

In addition to circulating in the blood as immune sentinels, macrophages play specialized roles in different organs around the body.

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Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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image: Infographic: Plastics’ Effects

Infographic: Plastics’ Effects

By Ee Ling Ng | June 1, 2017

Lab studies suggest that plastic pollutants in the environment could have detrimental effects on animals’ physiology.

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Mapping Corti

By Ruth Williams | September 3, 2015

The inner ear organ, from macro to micro

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Mind the Clock

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2013

Many of the body's tissues can tell time, and these peripheral clocks can be influenced by environmental cues, such as the timing of food consumption.

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The Science of Acupuncture

By Helene M. Langevin | May 1, 2013

Research is uncovering connective tissue's role in the benefits of the ancient practice.

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All In Proportion

By Savraj S. Grewal | March 2, 2013

Drosophila insulin-like peptides (dILPs) regulate part of the signaling pathway that helps keep organs growing in proportion during development.

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Digging the Underground Life

By Thomas J. Park and Rochelle Buffenstein | June 1, 2012

A rare peek inside the subterranean home of the naked mole-rat

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image: Calcium and the Pancreas

Calcium and the Pancreas

By Ole H. Petersen, Oleg V. Gerasimenko, and Julia V. Gerasimenko | February 1, 2012

Normal pancreatic function depends on the precise flow of calcium within and into the acinar cells of the organ. 

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Lost in Space

By Carol Barnes | September 1, 2011

Looking for a more realistic way to study memory, we turned to place cells­­—­a network of cells that record a rat’s memory of an environment. 

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