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Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

In addition to circulating in the blood as immune sentinels, macrophages play specialized roles in different organs around the body.

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Macrophages Are the Ultimate Multitaskers

By Claire Asher | October 1, 2017

From guiding branching neurons in the developing brain to maintaining a healthy heartbeat, there seems to be no job that the immune cells can’t tackle.

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image: Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate

Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate

By Kerry Grens | September 27, 2017

Adding or removing water changes how stem cells differentiate.

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image: CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots

By Ruth Williams | September 14, 2017

Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 

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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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image: Tiny Motors Deliver Ulcer Medication in Mouse Stomachs

Tiny Motors Deliver Ulcer Medication in Mouse Stomachs

By Shawna Williams | August 17, 2017

The mini machines treated infection somewhat better than antibiotics plus the typical proton pump inhibitor medication. 

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image: DNA Origami

DNA Origami

By The Scientist Staff | July 17, 2017

Will complex, folded synthetic DNA molecules one day serve as capsules to deliver drugs to cancer cells?

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image: Building Nanoscale Structures with DNA

Building Nanoscale Structures with DNA

By Arun Richard Chandrasekaran | July 17, 2017

The versatility of geometric shapes made from the nucleic acid are proving useful in a wide variety of fields from molecular computation to biology to medicine.

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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