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Baruj Benacerraf Dies

By Edyta Zielinska | August 3, 2011

The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.

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From the Ground Up

By Richard D. Bardgett | August 1, 2011

As the planet warms plant growth will likely increase—locking up some of that extra carbon dioxide by converting it into vegetative biomass—but that’s not the whole story. 

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Harmful Bacterial Metabolites

By Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 

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Personalized Athletics

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2011

Motivated by a career-ending ligament tear, a former NFL player starts a company to test athletes' genetic predispositions to common sports injuries.

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Seirian Sumner: Wasp Whisperer

By Cristina Luiggi | August 1, 2011

Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, London. Age: 37

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The Right Sort

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Using the strongest molecular binding partnership in biology to separate different cell types.

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The Right Sort

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Isolating specific cell types from a mass of plant or animal tissue is laborious and tricky. 

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The Root of the Problem

By Richard D. Bardgett | August 1, 2011

New research suggests that the flow of carbon through plants to underground ecosystems may be crucial to how the environment responds to climate change.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2011

Getting the big picture means asking lots of little questions.

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An Unlichenly Pair

By Hannah Waters | August 1, 2011

A young botanist pays tribute to his mentor by naming a newly discovered, rare species in his honor.

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