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Toxin from a Dangerous Fish Delicacy

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2018

In tiny doses, the pufferfish’s tetrodotoxin can be turned into a pain-relieving ion channel blocker.

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Snake Venoms Cause and Block Pain

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2018

Painful snake bites may hold clues to developing analgesic drugs.

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Water bears can reanimate after years of desiccation—and gel-forming proteins unique to the animals may explain how.

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Image of the Day: Actin Burst

By The Scientist Staff | December 6, 2017

Researchers are looking at actin polymerization and calcium uptake in human cells to study mitochondrial division.

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Microbes of the Human Tongue Form Organized Clusters

By Kerry Grens | December 5, 2017

Bacteria on the tongue’s surface reside in clumps distinguished by genus, unlike the intermingled communities observed in other tissues.

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Captivated by Chromosomes

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 1, 2017

Peering through a microscope since age 14, Joseph Gall, now 89, still sees wonder at the other end.

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Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas

By Ignacio Amigo | December 1, 2017

Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.

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In Situ Hybridization Explained

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2017

Profilee Joseph Gall of the Carnegie Institute describes the process, which he developed in the 1960s.

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s work will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change—and the global effects of those changes.

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Researchers Make Knockout Stem Cell Lines in One Step

By Ruth Williams | December 1, 2017

Combining gene editing and stem-cell induction improves efficiency of functional genetic analyses.

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