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Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Nonliving cells developed in the lab can communicate chemically with living bacteria, according to a study.

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A Walk on the Wild Side

By Mary Beth Aberlin | February 1, 2017

Plants have so much to teach us.

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Contributors

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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From the Ground Up

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 1, 2017

Instrumental in launching Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, Elliot Meyerowitz has since driven the use of computational modeling to study developmental biology.

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Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

Warmth acts on a light-sensing protein similarly to the way shade does, setting off a growth spurt in plant seedlings.

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Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.

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Infographic: Dual-Purpose Photoreceptor

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

See how different environmental conditions affect the activity of a molecule sensitive to both light and temperature.

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Infographic: Following the Force

By Ning Wang | February 1, 2017

Physical forces propagate from the outside of cells inward and vice versa.

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RNA Interference Between Kingdoms

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2017

Plants and fungi can use conserved RNA interference machinery to regulate each other’s gene expression—and scientists think they can make use of this phenomenon to create a new generation of pesticides.

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May the Force Be with You

By Ning Wang | February 1, 2017

The dissection of how cells sense and propagate physical forces is leading to exciting new tools and discoveries in mechanobiology and mechanomedicine.

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