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The essence of stem cells

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

Researchers discover a protein that may allow already-differentiated somatic cells to become stem cells.


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Dominique Bergmann: Probing Plant Pores

By Jef Akst | June 3, 2011

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University. Age: 41


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What lab mice are made of

By Megan Scudellari | June 2, 2011

The most detailed genetic maps to date of classical lab mouse strains reveal limited genetic diversity and overwhelmingly originate from a single species of domestic mouse, the researchers report.


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Recognizing the Human Potential

By Gene M. Shearer and Adriano Boasso | June 1, 2011

It may be time to reconsider an AIDS vaccine which is more human than viral, triggering the immune system in a way that no other vaccine does.


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Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.


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Your gut online

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Sequences from a US government-funded program to paint a genomic picture of the human gut's complex ecosystem are going public for the first time since the effort started in 2008. Researchers sequenced thousands of samples taken from 300 healthy v


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An Insoluble Problem?

By Robert Michael Stroud | May 26, 2011

The challenges of crystallizing membrane proteins—and how they’re being overcome.


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Making the Gradient

By Karen Hopkin | May 25, 2011

Ron Kaback didn’t believe that electrochemical gradients could power the transport of sugars and amino acids across cell membranes—until he proved that they do.


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Andrew Carter: Dynein Trailblazer

By Hannah Waters | May 25, 2011

Group Leader, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Medical Research Council. Age: 36


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How zebrafish regrow limbs

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

Because of their ability to differentiate into any cell type, stem cells have been thought to play an important role in limb regeneration processes. 


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