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Reprogramming Redux

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 18, 2014

Can mechanical forces alone be manipulated to create stem-like cells?

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Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens

By Molly Sharlach | December 15, 2014

Meningitis-causing bacteria exerted strong evolutionary pressure on an iron-binding protein in primates, a study shows.

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Bird Genomes Abound

By Ruth Williams | December 11, 2014

Scientists complete the largest-ever comparative genomic study of birds.

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Honeybee Compound for Hair Loss?

By Jef Akst | December 11, 2014

Propolis, a natural product used by honeybees to repair their hives, stimulates hair growth in shaved mice.

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Evolution in Oil Droplets

By Bob Grant | December 9, 2014

For the first time, researchers have mimicked biological evolution using chemicals instead of living organisms.

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Enzyme Design

By Jef Akst | December 3, 2014

Researchers create synthetic enzymes in the lab, encoded by artificial genetic material.

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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | December 1, 2014

A spring cleaning led to the rediscovery of Theodor Boveri’s microscope slides, presumed lost during World War II.

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Bespoke Cell Jackets

By Ruth Williams | December 1, 2014

Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.

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Book Excerpt from One Plus One Equals One

By John Archibald | December 1, 2014

In Chapter 7, “Green Evolution, Green Revolution,” author John Archibald describes how endosymbiosis helped color the Earth in a verdant hue.

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