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Transmission of stress signals in E. coli is dependent on the distance between its inner and outer membranes.

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Planting Independence: A Profile of Katayoon Dehesh

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 1, 2018

After a harrowing escape from Iran, Dehesh never shied away from difficult choices to pursue a career in plant biology.

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Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By Wendy Jones | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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Blocking a Stress-Related Gene Relieves Chronic Pain

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 10, 2016

Inhibiting the activity of a protein involved in the body’s stress response can ease chronic pain in mice.

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Antidepressant Exerts Epigenetic Changes

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 25, 2015

Molecular markers could aid researchers’ assessment of patient response to the drug.  

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Performance Art

By Mary Beth Aberlin | January 1, 2015

Regulation of genome expression orchestrates the behavior of insect castes and the human response to social stress.

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Stress Fractures

By Daniel Cossins | January 1, 2015

Social adversity shapes humans’ immune systems—and probably their susceptibility to disease—by altering the expression of large groups of genes.

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Muscle to Mind

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 25, 2014

Exercise-induced muscle metabolites protect the brain from stress-induced depression in a mouse model. 

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Protein Helps Cells Adapt—or Die

By Ruth Williams | July 3, 2014

Scientists show how cell stress both prevents and promotes cell suicide in a study that’s equally divisive.

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Protein Protects Aging Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 19, 2014

Study suggests that REST may be a key regulator of neuronal stress and could play a role in staving off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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