disease & medicine, cell & molecular biology
Cell Change Up
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 9, 2012
Imaging cell cytoskeletons during early embryonic development leads researchers to uncover a new regulator of cell shape
Cancer’s First Step
Cancer’s First Step
Megan Scudellari | Feb 8, 2012
A single mutant cell breaks free of its neighbors in the early stages of cancer development.
Brain Proteins May Be Key to Aging
Bob Grant | Feb 8, 2012
Deterioration of long-lived proteins on the surface of neuronal nuclei in the brain could lead to age-related defects in nervous function.
Sex, Deconstructed
Megan Scudellari | Feb 2, 2012
Hormones in the brain control sex-specific behaviors by activating individual genetic programs.
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
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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. 
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.
Sweet and Sour Science
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2012
Japanese researchers unravel the mystery of miracle fruit.
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.