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A digital rendering of Plasmodium trophozoite in red blood cells.
A New mRNA Malaria Vaccine 
By targeting resident memory T cells in the liver, a novel mRNA malaria vaccine prevented infection, even in those with prior exposure.
A New mRNA Malaria Vaccine 
A New mRNA Malaria Vaccine 

By targeting resident memory T cells in the liver, a novel mRNA malaria vaccine prevented infection, even in those with prior exposure.

By targeting resident memory T cells in the liver, a novel mRNA malaria vaccine prevented infection, even in those with prior exposure.

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Rodents Offer New Insights Into the Diversity of Addiction
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Dec 1, 2023 | 4 min read
Molecular studies may point to underlying genetics and therapeutic targets.
How Flour Type Affects Sourdough Starters  
Niki Spahich, PhD | Dec 1, 2023 | 4 min read
By studying various sourdough starters and sequencing their microbial menageries, researchers generated useful information for people wanting to experiment in their kitchens and classrooms.
Detecting the Viral Elephant in the Room
Laura Tran, PhD | Nov 29, 2023 | 3 min read
A tornado-like vortex sampling technology detects low levels of SARS-CoV-2 viral particles within minutes.
Conceptual retro image of a man wearing a silly mind reading gadget on his head, holding a pencil, and writing his thoughts down in a notebook.
What's Your Story? Ideas and Discoveries Worth Sharing
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | Nov 29, 2023 | 2 min read
A new writing contest provides life scientists with a platform to try their hands at science journalism, tell their science stories, develop their communication skills, and publish their work.
Epigenetic Changes Drive Cancer 
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Nov 28, 2023 | 3 min read
An analysis of almost 700 different tumors revealed that DNA methylation drives tumorigenesis just like genetic mutations do. 
Move Over, Proteins! Exploring Lipids in Adaptive Immunity
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Nov 27, 2023 | 5 min read
New research revealed hundreds of lipid antigens that may be recognized by adaptive immune T cells.
You Are When You Eat
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Nov 20, 2023 | 3 min read
Intermittent fasting regulates biological time and improves disrupted sleep in an Alzheimer’s disease model.
A Virus that Generates Electricity 
Andrew Chapman | Nov 17, 2023 | 3 min read
Melting a bacteriophage’s coat of proteins turns it into a tiny power plant, which could fire up the discovery of new bioengineered devices.
A field of yellow sunflowers in front of a blue sky.
Chasing the Sun
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Nov 14, 2023 | 3 min read
Sunflowers may use a complex set of molecules to track the sun in the sky.
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Newly Developed mRNA Vaccine Protects Against Lyme Disease
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 5 min read
Leveraging the same mRNA platform used for covid vaccines, researchers generated a vaccine that prevents mice from acquiring Lyme disease.
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A Double Lock Gates Calcium Signaling
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 6 min read
Recent studies settle a debate over how the second messenger NAADP, with no known binding site, evokes calcium release from ion channels. 
A vial labeled “mRNA vaccine” and a syringe on a blue background.
An Updated Approach to mRNA Vaccine Quality Assessment
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers developed and validated a sequencing method for mRNA vaccines, moving the manufacturing field forward by linking established technologies with translational applications.
A microRNA Family Drives the T Cell Response in Cancer
Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 11, 2023 | 4 min read
When their in vitro and in vivo results conflicted, researchers took a deep dive into microRNAs’ influence on T cell memory formation.
The Brain's Barrier Controls Ant Behavior
Holly Barker, PhD | Nov 8, 2023 | 2 min read
Division of labor in ant colonies may depend on an enzyme trapped inside the blood-brain barrier.
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A New Drug Fixes a Leak Caused by Bacteria
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Nov 8, 2023 | 5 min read
Researchers discovered how virulent bacterial proteins leech nutrients from plant cells, leading to a potential treatment for diseased crops.
A blue gloved hand holding a long, brown cotton swab with a dirty tip. 
A Menagerie on a Leaf
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Nov 6, 2023 | 4 min read
A simple rainforest leaf swab revealed DNA from dozens of animal species, possibly improving biodiversity monitoring in the future.
The Wonderfully Shrunken Cas13
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Nov 7, 2023 | 3 min read
Scientists removed unnecessary sections of the Cas13 enzyme, creating a mini-enzyme that works and fits with other CRISPR elements into a single gene therapy vector.
Plant (<em >Arabidopsis thaliana</em>) root tips analyzed with PHYTOMap.
Illuminating the Plant Gene Map
Laura Tran, PhD | Nov 2, 2023 | 4 min read
PHYTOMap revealed the intricate genetic plant landscape, which helped researchers better understand how cells and gene expression influence each other in three-dimensional space.
Biosensors for Colorectal Cancer
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Nov 1, 2023 | 4 min read
Engineered bacteria sound the alarm on a common oncogenic mutation.
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