disease & medicine, cell & molecular biology
RNA Chases Its Tail
Sabrina Richards | Feb 2, 2012
New research suggests that circular RNA transcripts are not as rare as previously thought.
Give Me a Hug
Tia Ghose | Feb 1, 2012
Editor's choice in cell biology
How Autophagy Works
How Autophagy Works
Muriel Mari, Sharon A. Tooze, and Fulvio Reggiori | Feb 1, 2012
There are five steps of autophagosome biogenesis: induction, expansion, vesicle completion, fusion, and cargo degradation. 
Sweet and Sour Science
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2012
Japanese researchers unravel the mystery of miracle fruit.
The Enigmatic Membrane
Muriel Mari, Sharon A. Tooze, and Fulvio Reggiori | Feb 1, 2012
Despite years of research, the longstanding mystery of where the autophagosome gets its double lipid bilayers is not much clearer.
Gain a Chromosome and Adapt
Sabrina Richards | Jan 30, 2012
Research in yeast shows that aneuploidy is both a consequence of and an adaptation to stress.
The Making of a Trait
Megan Scudellari | Jan 26, 2012
Populations of organisms acquire beneficial traits repeatedly and rapidly through co-evolution with other species and through gene interaction.
Marooned Chromosomes Cause Cancer?
Edyta Zielinska | Jan 23, 2012
Chromosomes accidentally stranded outside of the nucleus could contribute to cancer formation.
Cellular Workout
Megan Scudellari | Jan 18, 2012
Autophagy, the cell’s recycling system, may be responsible for the health benefits of exercise.
Wine Researcher Caught Faking
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2012
One of the leading scientific voices touting the health benefits of red wine fabricated data dozens of times.