prison, cell & molecular biology
Twists and Turns
Twists and Turns
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 17, 2017
New starring roles for nucleic acids
Uncovering Functions of Circular RNAs
Uncovering Functions of Circular RNAs
Catherine Offord | Jul 17, 2017
Recent research has revealed many surprises about circular RNAs, from findings that they are translated in vivo to links between their expression and disease.
Your Body Is Teeming with Weed Receptors
Your Body Is Teeming with Weed Receptors
Megan Scudellari | Jul 17, 2017
And the same endocannabinoid system that translates marijuana's buzz-inducing compounds into a high plays crucial roles in health and disease outside the brain.
Messing with the Microbiome
Messing with the Microbiome
Ruth Williams | Jul 16, 2017
Two new techniques allow researchers to manipulate the activity of gut bacteria. 
Making the Rounds
Making the Rounds
Catherine Offord | Jul 16, 2017
Circular RNA biogenesis occurs when RNA fragments are bent into closed loops of one or more exons and/or introns.
Cell Cannibalism as Cancer Defense
Cell Cannibalism as Cancer Defense
Jef Akst | Jul 11, 2017
A new study suggests that the mysterious process by which one cell consumes another may be triggered by cell division, potentially helping to fight tumor growth.
Molecular Trigger for Organ Rejection in Mice Identified
Molecular Trigger for Organ Rejection in Mice Identified
Diana Kwon | Jun 27, 2017
The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  
Gut Feeling
Gut Feeling
Ruth Williams | Jun 22, 2017
Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.
Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?
Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?
Jef Akst | Jun 15, 2017
A proposed mechanism for how bearded dragons with male chromosomes hatch as females at high temperatures
Zika Grabs Neural Stem Cell Protein to Cause Damage
Zika Grabs Neural Stem Cell Protein to Cause Damage
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2017
The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.