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image: Study: Ribosomes are Functionally Diverse

Study: Ribosomes are Functionally Diverse

By Diana Kwon | June 22, 2017

New research suggests that the cells’ protein factories have preferences for specific messenger RNAs they translate. 

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image: Mouse Livers Grow and Shrink Daily

Mouse Livers Grow and Shrink Daily

By Abby Olena | May 4, 2017

Feeding-fasting rhythms and light-dark cycles direct regular changes in organ and cell size, as well as ribosome number and protein levels.

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Scientists discover transcripts from the same gene that can express both proteins and noncoding RNA.  

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image: Starvation Response Triggers Melanoma Invasion

Starvation Response Triggers Melanoma Invasion

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2017

Through similar mechanisms, amino acid depletion in culture and cytokine activity in the tumor microenvironment prompt cancer cells to metastasize.

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Top Technical Advances 2016

By Kerry Grens | December 15, 2016

The year’s most impressive achievements include methods to watch translation in cells, trace cell fates, avoid mitochondrial mutations, edit DNA, and build antibiotics from scratch.

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image: Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants

Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants

By Karen Zusi | October 1, 2016

Traditional stop codons have a double meaning in the protozoans' mRNA, sometimes calling for an amino acid during translation.

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image: How to Track Translation in Living Cells

How to Track Translation in Living Cells

By Ruth Williams | October 1, 2016

Four independent research groups develop techniques for visualizing peptide production in living cells.

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image: Protozoans Found With No Dedicated Stop Codons

Protozoans Found With No Dedicated Stop Codons

By Karen Zusi | October 1, 2016

Some ciliates use the same trio of nucleotides to code for an amino acid and to stop translation.

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image: Scientists Catch Translation in the Act

Scientists Catch Translation in the Act

By Ruth Williams | October 1, 2016

Newly developed techniques from four different groups rely on the same basic steps to track translation in live cells.

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image: Riboswitch Screen

Riboswitch Screen

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2016

A newly developed method detects regulators of bacterial transcription called riboswitches.

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