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Down but Not Out

By Richard P. Grant | February 1, 2011

Cells on standby are surprisingly busy.

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Jaume and the Giant Genome

By Daniel Grushkin | February 1, 2011

A newly minted PhD finds a 150-billion-base-pair-long DNA molecule in a plant.

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Puzzle Me This

By Graeme Stemp-Morlock | February 1, 2011

What substance is supposed to have no effect but can make people feel better, has no chance for a big monetary payoff but is worth billions, and is used in virtually every rigorous clinical trial but has no single, universal formulation? 

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Synthetic Spirits

By David Nutt | January 1, 2011

Can we use science to reduce the harms of alcohol?

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Proteins Adorned

By Amy Maxmen | January 1, 2011

Cracking the Secrets of Posttranslational Modifications

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Mining Bacterial Small Molecules

By L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | January 1, 2011

As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.

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Interfering with Cancer

By Katherine Hyde and Paul Liu | January 1, 2011

MicroRNAs may drive the development of leukemia.

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The Evolution of Volvox

By N/A | January 1, 2011

The volvocine algae are a model system for studying the evolution of multicellularity, as the group contains extant species ranging from the unicellular Chlamydomonas to a variety of colonial species and the full-fledged multicellular Volvox varieties.

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Brave New Drugs

By Sarah Greene | January 1, 2011

Intoxicating ideas for saving a billion lives

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From Simple To Complex

By Jef Akst | January 1, 2011

The switch from single-celled organisms to ones made up of many cells has evolved independently more than two dozen times. What can this transition teach us about the origin of complex organisms such as animals and plants?

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