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Synthetic Spirits

By | January 1, 2011

Can we use science to reduce the harms of alcohol?

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Mining Bacterial Small Molecules

By | January 1, 2011

As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.

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Basophil Roles

By | January 1, 2011

Editor's choice in Immunology

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Interfering with Cancer

By | January 1, 2011

MicroRNAs may drive the development of leukemia.

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Intestinal Molecular Signaling

By | January 1, 2011

Microbes, both good and bad, can exert direct effects on host cells and vice versa. 

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The Evolution of Volvox

By | January 1, 2011

The volvocine algae are a model system for studying the evolution of multicellularity, as the group contains extant species ranging from the unicellular Chlamydomonas to a variety of colonial species and the full-fledged multicellular Volvox varieties.

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Brave New Drugs

By | January 1, 2011

Intoxicating ideas for saving a billion lives

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From Simple To Complex

By | January 1, 2011

The switch from single-celled organisms to ones made up of many cells has evolved independently more than two dozen times. What can this transition teach us about the origin of complex organisms such as animals and plants?

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The Coming Health Crisis

By | January 1, 2011

Indirect effects of global climate change threaten the health of hundreds of millions of people. The very uncertainty that shrouds this issue must serve as an organizing principle for adaptation to its ill effects.

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Jeremy Reiter: Hunting for Cilia

By | January 1, 2011

Assistant professor of biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 39

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