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The flow of calcium and potassium ions keeps muscles contracting in the diaphragms of neonatal mice, but if a key protein receptor is missing, fatigue sets in more quickly.

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Software that can separate signals from noise brings neuroscientists a step closer to understanding neurons’ patterns of communication.

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Mitochondrial Isolation System

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2018

A transgenic approach allows researchers to collect the organelles from specific cells in nematodes with unprecedented efficiency.

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Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.

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Rare to the Rescue

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

Rarity is a strength, not a weakness, when lessons learned from rare disease patients buoy research and development to find cures for more common diseases.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Infographic: Getting Synapses Ready to Fire

By Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018

A new study reveals more about the role of specialized Schwann cells at junctions between neurons and muscle cells.

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Adding a fusion gene to certain mitochondria in C. elegans enables researchers to collect and analyze them.

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A new technique reveals certain neuronal connections grow larger and denser when memories are made.

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Image of the Day: Rainbotubules

By The Scientist Staff | April 26, 2018

By combining two microscopy techniques, researchers produce images of structures less than 10 nanometers wide.

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