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Top 7 in cell biology

By Jef Akst | May 3, 2011

A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in cell biology and related areas, from Faculty of 1000

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Micro Farmers

By Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2011

Columbia University evolutionary ecologist Dustin Rubenstein explains just why it's so interesting and important to find slime molds that engage in a form of agriculture.

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Power Failure

By Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2011

Does mitochondrial dysfunction lie at the heart of common, complex diseases like cancer and autism?

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New Blood for Gene Therapy

By Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2011

A promising gene therapy trial, derailed by cancerous side effects in a young patient, is set to reboot with the help of next generation gene-transfer vectors.

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The Movement of Goods Around the Cell

By Patricia Bassereau and Bruno Goud | April 1, 2011

A biologist and a physicist collaborate on a decade-long exploration of the physical parameters of membrane traffic in eukaryotic cells.

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Family Affair

By Megan Scudellari | April 1, 2011

In discovering their shared ancestry, a distantly related animal geneticist and plant pathologist find a common thread in their work on immune receptors.

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Harvesting Ideas

By Karen Hopkin | April 1, 2011

Joy Ward is reaping the rewards of her studies on how plants handle global climate change—gathering academic accolades and presidential embraces along the way.

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The “Me Decade” of Cancer

By Sarah Greene | April 1, 2011

Drugs that target specific tumors are harbingers of a new era of genetically informed medicine.

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Optical Tweezers

By Patricia Bassereau and Bruno Goud | April 1, 2011

Institut Curie researchers Bruno Goud, a biologist, and Patricia Bassereau, a physicist, talk about their fruitful, decade-long collaboration exploring the physics of membrane trafficking in a Skype interview conducted by Associate Editor Richard P. Grant.

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Where Cancer and Inflammation Intersect

By Giorgio Trinchieri | April 1, 2011

Recent clinical trials have reignited the interest in simple anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin for controlling the inflammation associated with cancer. 

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