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A new method stimulates B cells to make human antigen-specific antibodies, obviating the need for vaccinating blood donors or hunting for rare B cells.

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Image of the Day: A Swell Idea

By The Scientist Staff | July 19, 2017

To improve the resolution of biological samples at the cellular level, researchers inflate tissues with “swellable polymers” so that they’re easier to see under the microscope.    

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Image of the Day: Skinning the Cat

By The Scientist Staff | July 17, 2017

This stack of polarized light micrographs depicts a vibrant ensemble of tissues, hair follicles, and vessels within a slice of cat skin.

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Bacteriophages to the Rescue

By Emily Monosson | July 17, 2017

Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.

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Book Excerpt from Natural Defense

By Emily Monosson | July 17, 2017

In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.

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Using single-cell RNA sequencing, scientists characterize new populations of dendritic cells and monocytes.

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The presence of similar light-emitting enzymes in the distantly related organisms lends new insight into bioluminescence evolution.

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Uncovering Functions of Circular RNAs

By Catherine Offord | July 17, 2017

Recent research has revealed many surprises about circular RNAs, from findings that they are translated in vivo to links between their expression and disease.

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Your Body Is Teeming with Weed Receptors

By Megan Scudellari | July 17, 2017

And the same endocannabinoid system that translates marijuana's buzz-inducing compounds into a high plays crucial roles in health and disease outside the brain.

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Making the Rounds

By Catherine Offord | July 17, 2017

Circular RNA biogenesis occurs when RNA fragments are bent into closed loops of one or more exons and/or introns.

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