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Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.

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image: Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net

Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net

By Daniela Carulli | April 1, 2018

See the web of proteins that make up these neuronal wrappings.

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The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.

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image: Frogs Fight Back From Fungal Attack

Frogs Fight Back From Fungal Attack

By Ruth Williams | March 29, 2018

A decade after chytridiomycosis killed scores of amphibians in Panama, some species are recovering. New research indicates why.  

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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A study finds that the vaccine’s effects wear off as a person ages, suggesting a need for booster shots.

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DNA analysis gives clues to how the ancient hominin’s population split and how they interacted with modern humans.

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The findings suggest that faster synthesis, rather than decreased clearance, causes the protein to build up in neurons.

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image: Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  

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The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.

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