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Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.

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Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses

By Shawna Williams | April 9, 2018

The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.

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Gene Activity Could Give Clues to Time of Death

By Ashley Yeager | February 13, 2018

RNA-sequencing data reveal that specific tissues have distinct changes in gene expression after an individual has passed away.

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Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 8, 2018

Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. 

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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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Image of the Day: Starved Worm

By The Scientist Staff | November 14, 2017

A heat map of gene expression provides insights on the genes that help C. elegans survive severe caloric restriction.  

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Pauses may help cells fine-tune gene expression.

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First In Vivo Function Found for Animal Circular RNA

By Catherine Offord | August 10, 2017

Mice lacking the RNA had deregulated microRNAs in the brain, disrupted synaptic communication, and behavioral abnormalities associated with neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Image of the Day: Un-break My Heart

By The Scientist Staff | August 8, 2017

A failing heart is easily distinguished from a healthy one by numerous tell-tale signs, including its slender, stretched-out walls, increased size, and pooled blood clots.

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Study: Ribosomes are Functionally Diverse

By Diana Kwon | June 22, 2017

New research suggests that the cells’ protein factories have preferences for specific messenger RNAs they translate. 

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