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Infographic: Following the Force

By Ning Wang | February 1, 2017

Physical forces propagate from the outside of cells inward and vice versa.


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RNA Interference Between Kingdoms

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2017

Plants and fungi can use conserved RNA interference machinery to regulate each other’s gene expression—and scientists think they can make use of this phenomenon to create a new generation of pesticides.


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May the Force Be with You

By Ning Wang | February 1, 2017

The dissection of how cells sense and propagate physical forces is leading to exciting new tools and discoveries in mechanobiology and mechanomedicine.


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Image of the Day: Linked Out

By The Scientist Staff | January 26, 2017

A study provides the first visual evidence that cytofilaments tunnel through a cell’s nucleus to the extracellular matrix.


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Lipids Take the Lead in Metastasis

By Amanda B. Keener | January 20, 2017

Researchers find diverse ways that the molecules can regulate cancer’s spread.


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Unknown Protein Structures Predicted

By Ruth Williams | January 19, 2017

Metagenomic sequence data boosts the power of protein modeling software to yield hundreds of new protein structure predictions.


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Replication Complications

By Ruth Williams | January 18, 2017

An initiative to replicate key findings in cancer biology yields a preliminary conclusion: it’s difficult.


Clostridium botulinum produces a transcription factor that can aggregate and self-propagate a prion-like form, leading to genome-wide changes in gene expression in E. coli, according to a study.

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A team of scientists was unable to replicate controversial, high-profile findings published in 2011.


image: Video: Watch Cells Crawl To Firmer Ground

Video: Watch Cells Crawl To Firmer Ground

By The Scientist Staff | December 11, 2016

This collective migration, called durotaxis, depends on which cells get the best grip on a surface.


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