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Cancer Evolutionist: A Profile of Charles Swanton

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 1, 2018

Motivated by his father’s cancer diagnosis, the Francis Crick Institute cancer geneticist has been revealing the ways tumors evolve and why they are so difficult to treat.

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In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.

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Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.

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Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.

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A controversial hypothesis suggests that jellyfish may one day rule the oceans, and Mola mola may tell us if we are approaching a tipping point.

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Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death

By Catherine Offord | March 29, 2018

Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.

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Last year, researchers claimed the gene-editing method had accuracy issues, but a new whole-genome sequencing analysis by the same team finds otherwise.

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined

By Catherine Offord | March 22, 2018

Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.

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A study finds that the vaccine’s effects wear off as a person ages, suggesting a need for booster shots.

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