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Skeleton Keys

By Lewis Wolpert | May 14, 2011

There are a surprising number of unknowns about how our limbs come to be symmetrical.

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PET Guerrilla

By Chris Tachibana | April 1, 2011

A former Uruguayan antigovernment rebel is developing a revolutionary diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Taking Shape

By Richard P. Grant | April 1, 2011

Floral bouquets are the most ephemeral of presents. The puzzle of how flowers get their shape, however, is more enduring. 

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The Footprints of Winter

By Ralf Müller and Justin Goodrich | March 1, 2011

Epigenetic marks laid down during the cold months of the year allow flowering in spring and summer.

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Imprinting Diversity

By Cristina Luiggi | March 1, 2011

Joachim Messing talks about how genomic imprinting may be a strong driver of diversity.

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Do Fruit Flies Dream of Electric Bananas?

By Björn Brembs | February 1, 2011

Visualizing neuronal activity in small brains over four dimensions

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Losers Fight Back

By Richard P. Grant | February 1, 2011

Editor's choice in developmental biology

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Rewards of Risk

By Megan Scudellari | February 1, 2011

Secrets to scoring big money grants for innovative, out-of-the-box research

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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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