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The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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image: Infographic: Caveolae Form and Function

Infographic: Caveolae Form and Function

By Ben Nichols | June 1, 2018

Researchers interrogate the cavernous structures on the surface of cells to better understand how they affect membrane function.

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image: Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother

Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother

By Patrick Forterre, Violette Da Cunha, and Morgan Gaia | June 1, 2018

The ancient organisms appear to be more closely related to eukaryotes than previously appreciated.

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An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to  develop and defend itself.

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image: Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics

Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics

By Amber Dance | June 1, 2018

Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.

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image: Infographic: Packing DNA

Infographic: Packing DNA

By Diana Kwon | June 1, 2018

Researchers watch the protein condensin in action.

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image: New Technologies Shed Light on Caveolae

New Technologies Shed Light on Caveolae

By Ben Nichols | June 1, 2018

The functions of the cellular invaginations identified more than half a century ago are now beginning to be understood in detail.

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image: Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.

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Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  

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image: Image of the Day: Artificial Cell

Image of the Day: Artificial Cell

By Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018

Researchers made a synthetic cell that can photosynthesize and make proteins crucial for cellular structure. 

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