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The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.

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Live Cell Extractions

By Ruth Williams | October 1, 2017

Nanostraws that collect specimens from cells without killing them allow for repeated sampling.

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Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain

By Shawna Williams | October 1, 2017

Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.

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Pauses may help cells fine-tune gene expression.

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Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

In addition to circulating in the blood as immune sentinels, macrophages play specialized roles in different organs around the body.

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Macrophages Are the Ultimate Multitaskers

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

From guiding branching neurons in the developing brain to maintaining a healthy heartbeat, there seems to be no job that the immune cells can’t tackle.

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Motor Man

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 1, 2017

Ron Vale has spent a career studying how molecular motors transport cargo within cells. He’s also developed tools to help scientists communicate their findings.

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Researchers Identify Clue to Asymmetric Cell Division

By Shawna Williams | September 1, 2017

Phosphorylation of a surface protein on endosomes is key to the organelles’ uneven distribution in daughter cells.

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Infographic: Why Not All Cell Divisions Are Equal

By Shawna Williams | September 1, 2017

Phosphorylation of a protein called Sara found on the surface of endosomes appears to be a key regulator of asymmetric splitting in fruit flies.

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The Role of DNA Base Modifications

By Skirmantas Kriaucionis | September 1, 2017

Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.

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