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Estrogen’s New Role

By Jessica P. Johnson | August 2, 2011

The well-studied hormone functions as a neurotransmitter in the brains of zebra finches.

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Helpful Bacterial Metabolites

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

While gut microbiota appear to have both positive and negative impacts on our  health, in the guts of healthy, lean individuals, the good outweighs the bad.  

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Deconstructing the Mosaic Brain

By Tom Curran | August 1, 2011

Sequencing the DNA of individual neurons is a way to dissect the genes underlying major neurological and psychological disorders.

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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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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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It's a Cell-Eat-Cell World

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2011

For more than 100 years, pathologists have observed cancer cells engulfing other live cells, but scientists are only now beginning to understand how it happens and what it means for tumorigenesis.

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Memory Aid

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Editor's Choice in Neuroscience

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Plant Cells and Soap Bubbles

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Plant Biology

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String Theory

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

New types of biological filaments are turning up in yeast, fly, bacterial cells and in rat neurons, and they may yield clues to how the cytoskeleton evolved from metabolically active enzymes.

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