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The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.

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Live Cell Extractions

By Ruth Williams | October 1, 2017

Nanostraws that collect specimens from cells without killing them allow for repeated sampling.

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Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain

By Shawna Williams | October 1, 2017

Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.

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Pauses may help cells fine-tune gene expression.

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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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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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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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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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Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression

By Ruth Williams | September 6, 2017

Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.

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