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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By Ruth Williams | October 10, 2013

The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.

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Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions

By Ed Yong | October 10, 2013

Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results. 

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New Organelle: The Tannosome

By Kerry Grens | September 23, 2013

Researchers identify a structure in plants responsible for the production of tannins.

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Focus on the Host

By Tracy Vence | September 18, 2013

A patient response-based gene expression signature can distinguish respiratory infections caused by viruses from those of bacterial or fungal origin.

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Inducing Pluripotency Every Time

By Ed Yong | September 18, 2013

By removing a single gene, adult cells can be reprogrammed into a stem-like state with nearly 100 percent efficiency.

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Out of Sync

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2013

Why eating at the wrong times is tied to such profound and negative effects on our bodies

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Mind the Clock

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2013

Many of the body's tissues can tell time, and these peripheral clocks can be influenced by environmental cues, such as the timing of food consumption.

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Eat Less and Live Longer?

By Debamita Chatterjee | August 13, 2013

Mice on a low-calorie diet harbor a distinct population of gut microorganisms that helps prolong life.

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Cellular Pegs-in-Holes

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2013

Cell-containing hydrogel shapes fit into a template to create an artificial tissue environment.

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Gene Silencing Is Golden

By Carina Storrs | August 1, 2013

A beginner’s how-to on RNAi screening in mammalian cells

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