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Big Data in 3 Dimensions

By Jim Daley | May 1, 2018

Viewing oncogenic mutations in 3-D showed that they cluster together on folded proteins.

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Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.

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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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The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.

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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 trio of papers provide new insight into embryo development.

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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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Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

By Ruth Williams | April 25, 2018

Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  

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Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.

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Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.

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