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A Twist of Fate

By Jonathan Slack | March 1, 2014

Once believed to be irrevocably differentiated, mature cells are now proving to be flexible, able to switch identities with relatively simple manipulation.


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By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.


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Exosome Tentacles

By Kerry Grens | March 1, 2014

Unlike the usual smooth, spherical shape of exosomes, glioblastoma-derived exosomes appear to have long nanofilaments protruding from their surfaces.


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Tension Tracker

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2014

For the first time, researchers quantify the mechanical forces cells exert on one another.


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For Whom the Biomarkers Toll?

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | February 27, 2014

Study finds that a handful of biological indicators can predict a healthy person’s risk of dying within five years.

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MERS Common in Camels

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | February 25, 2014

Study suggests many camels in Saudi Arabia are infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus at some point in their lives.


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Paper-Based Cancer Test?

By Jef Akst | February 25, 2014

Nanoscale agents that detect disease-associated synthetic biomarkers in urine could one day streamline the diagnosis of tumors, heart disease, and more.

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Making New Spinal Neurons

By Ed Yong | February 25, 2014

With a single gene, scientists reprogram supporting cells in the spines of living mice into new neurons.


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Next Generation: Sensor-Laden Sheath to Monitor the Heart

By Daniel Cossins | February 25, 2014

A flexible, sensor-loaded membrane that fits snugly around the heart provides high-resolution monitoring of multiple cardiac health markers.


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Paralyzing Illness

By Abby Olena | February 25, 2014

Health workers in California have identified cases of polio-like paralysis in children.


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