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The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct

By | July 17, 2017

Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?

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The presence of similar light-emitting enzymes in the distantly related organisms lends new insight into bioluminescence evolution.

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Uncovering Functions of Circular RNAs

By | July 17, 2017

Recent research has revealed many surprises about circular RNAs, from findings that they are translated in vivo to links between their expression and disease.

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Your Body Is Teeming with Weed Receptors

By | July 17, 2017

And the same endocannabinoid system that translates marijuana's buzz-inducing compounds into a high plays crucial roles in health and disease outside the brain.

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Making the Rounds

By | July 17, 2017

Circular RNA biogenesis occurs when RNA fragments are bent into closed loops of one or more exons and/or introns.

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Messing with the Microbiome

By | July 17, 2017

Two new techniques allow researchers to manipulate the activity of gut bacteria. 

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Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain

By | July 13, 2017

Using machine learning, researchers have created extensive maps of the neuronal circuits associated with social and locomotion behaviors in the fruit fly. 

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Cell Cannibalism as Cancer Defense

By | July 11, 2017

A new study suggests that the mysterious process by which one cell consumes another may be triggered by cell division, potentially helping to fight tumor growth.

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The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  

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Researchers find differences in predatory behavior between a long-observed chimp tribe and a recently habituated one. 

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