immune rejection, cell & molecular biology, neuroscience
Book Excerpt from The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code
Sam Kean | Jul 1, 2012
In Chapter , "Genes, Freaks, DNA," author Sam Kean draws parallels between the lives of Gregor Mendel and Johannes Friedrich Miescher, who both made scientific discoveries that were truly ahead of their times.
Ubiquitin Chains in Action
Keith D. Wilkinson and David Fushman | Jul 1, 2012
Present in every tissue of the body, ubiquitin appears to be involved in a dizzying array of functions, from cell cycle and division to organelle and ribosome biogenesis, as well as the response to viral infection. The protein plays at least two role
Brain Mosaic
Sabrina Richards | Jul 1, 2012
Retrotransposons contribute to genetic variability in human brain cells.
Munching Macrophages
Sabrina Richards | Jul 1, 2012
Making macrophages in atherosclerotic plaques digest spent organelles instead of dying may help keep plaques stable.
Ubiquitin basics
Ubiquitin basics
Keith D. Wilkinson and David Fushman | Jul 1, 2012
Despite its discovery as a protein that seems to show up everywhere, at least in eukaryotic cells, researchers are only beginning to scratch the surface of all of the cellular functions involving ubiquitin. 
On the Chain Gang
Keith D. Wilkinson and David Fushman | Jul 1, 2012
More than simply helping haul out a cell’s garbage, ubiquitin, with its panoply of chain lengths and shapes, marks and regulates many unrelated cellular processes.
SNAREs at the Synapse
Megan Scudellari | Jul 1, 2012
Using tiny lipid discs, scientists resolve contradictory evidence about how many proteins are required for neurotransmitter release.
Dynamic Delivery
Ruth Williams | Jul 1, 2012
Microscopic sponges made entirely of RNA enable efficient gene silencing.
Move Over, Mother Nature
Amber Dance | Jul 1, 2012
Synthetic biologists harness software to design genes and networks.
Sweet Smell of Success
Karen Hopkin | Jul 1, 2012
With persistence and pluck, Leslie Vosshall managed to snatch insect odorant receptors from the jaws of experimental defeat.