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

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Gut Feeling

By Ruth Williams | June 22, 2017

Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.

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Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?

By Jef Akst | June 15, 2017

A proposed mechanism for how bearded dragons with male chromosomes hatch as females at high temperatures

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.

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How Statistics Weakened mRNA’s Predictive Power

By Ruth Williams | May 22, 2017

Transcript abundance isn’t a reliable indicator of protein quantity, contrary to studies’ suggestions. 

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Image of the Day: Smell You Later

By The Scientist Staff | May 15, 2017

Adult olfactory stem cells can be used to grow a smattering of cells important for smell, including scent-sniffing neurons and structurally supportive sustentacular cells. 

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The RNA Age: A Primer

By Ruth Williams | May 11, 2017

Our guide to all known forms of RNA, from cis-NAT to vault RNA and everything in between.

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The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.

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Time-lapse imaging shows the immune cells transferring chemical signals during pigment pattern formation in developing zebrafish.

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