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

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The Consequences of Sequencing Healthy People

By Aggie Mika | June 26, 2017

The first randomized trial to examine whole-genome sequencing in healthy people uncovers disease-causing genetic variants, but the overall benefits to this population are ambiguous.

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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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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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Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics

By Jef Akst | May 25, 2017

DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.

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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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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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Scientists discover transcripts from the same gene that can express both proteins and noncoding RNA.  

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Picking Out Patterns

By Kelly Rae Chi | May 1, 2017

Machine-learning algorithms can automate the analysis of cell images and data.

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