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Cancer's culprit
Elie Dolgin | Apr 1, 2009
Breast cancer's genetic profile calls the cancer stem cell hypothesis into question.
Damage Control
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2009
Researchers unlock a treasure trove of information about how cells sense and respond to DNA damage.
B2AR Laid Bare
Elie Dolgin | Feb 1, 2009
A snapshot of the adrenaline target opens the door to more high-resolution, 3-D crystal structures.
The Disputed Rise of Mammals
Jennifer Evans | Jan 1, 2009
Generating the most complete evolutionary tree for mammals sparks debate and discovery.
Navigating the Nucleosome
Charles Choi | Dec 1, 2008
Uncovering genomic instructions for how DNA is packaged reveals a new dimension of the genetic code.
A Potent Protein
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2008
Identifying a key protein behind ALS redirects the fight against the disease.
Impeding PD-1
Megan Scudellari | Oct 1, 2008
The discovery that blocking an inhibitory immune receptor restores T cell function in HIV sheds light on immune dysfunction.
Canvassing Protein Complexes
David Secko | Sep 1, 2008
Two yeast studies begin to identify protein interactions on a genome-wide scale.
Restructuring Human Variation
Elie Dolgin | Aug 1, 2008
Investigators put deletions on the map of human genetic variation.
Calcium Signaling Out of the Gate
Alla Katsnelson | Jul 1, 2008
Uncovering the molecular identity of a strange cellular channel triggers a rush of discoveries in calcium regulation.
Parsing Out Pluripotency
Andrea Gawrylewski | Jun 1, 2008
Investigators identify key players that regulate self-renewal and differentiation in stem cell research.
Opposing Translations
Andrea Gawrylewski | May 1, 2008
Two structures of the ribosome ignite debate and discovery in structural biology.
The Small Side of Cancer
David Secko | Apr 1, 2008
Can microRNAs help diagnose, classify, and stage human cancers?
mTOR double punch
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2008
Credit: © Zephyr / Photo Researchers, Inc." /> Credit: © Zephyr / Photo Researchers, Inc. The paper: K. O'Reilly et al., "mTOR inhibition induces upstream receptor tyrosine kinase signaling and activates Akt," Cancer Res, 66:1500—8, 2006. (Cited in 95 papers) The finding: It's known that rapamycin inhibits lymphoma growth but not solid tumor growth. Rapamycin activates Akt — an en
Common resistance
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2008
Credit: left: Jim Dowdalls / Photo Researchers, Inc." /> Credit: left: Jim Dowdalls / Photo Researchers, Inc. The paper: N. Houstis et al., "Reactive oxygen species have a causal role in multiple forms of insulin resistance," Nature, 440:944—8, 2006. (Cited in 109 papers) The finding: Evan Rosen, from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and other colleagues tested whether a common mechanism
The short silence
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 1, 2008
The paper: A. Birmingham et al., "3' UTR seed matches, but not overall identity, are associated with RNAi off-targets," Nat Methods, 3:199—204, 2006. (Cited in 94 papers) The finding: In 2006, Devin Leake and colleagues at Dharmacon Research wanted to determine the accuracy of current algorithms for predicting siRNA mismatch events used in silencing. To do t
Autophagy Revisited
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2008
Even healthy cells require this catabolic process.
Spine control
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2008
Even healthy cells require this catabolic process.
Promiscuous receptors
Andrea Gawrylewski | Mar 1, 2008
Credit: Alfred Pasieka / Photo Researchers, Inc." /> Credit: Alfred Pasieka / Photo Researchers, Inc. The paper: R.B. Jones et al., "A quantitative protein interaction network for the ErbB receptors using protein microarrays," Nature, 439:168–74, 2006. (Cited in 98 papers) The finding: Gavin MacBeath's team at Harvard University wanted to find the proteins that get recruited to receptors in the first step of epidermal growth factor
Trading in trees
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2008
The paper: D. Huson, D. Bryant, "Application of phylogenetic networks in evolutionary studies," Mol Biol Evol, 23:254-67, 2006. (Cited in 120 papers) The gist: In this review paper, Daniel Huson, a bioinformatician at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and David Bryant, from the University of Auckland, explained the rationale of using web-like phylogenetic networks instead of traditional trees to represe