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Week in Review: September 5–9
Jef Akst | Sep 9, 2016
Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching
evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior
First Glimpse at Infectious Prion Shape
Abby Olena | Sep 8, 2016
The preliminary structure of the misfolded protein that causes mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease looks like a coiled mattress spring.
Zooming In on an Antidepressant Target
Ruth Williams | Apr 6, 2016
Structural studies reveal how SSRI drugs bind to the human serotonin transporter.
Tracy Vence | Oct 15, 2015
A behind-the-scenes look at how researchers solved the high-resolution crystal structure of the nucleosome core particle raises the age-old question of assigning credit in science.
Characterizing DNA Quadruplexes
Jef Akst | Sep 10, 2015
Researchers are developing new techniques to better understand how and why knots of DNA are distributed throughout the genome.
Kerry Grens | Jun 18, 2015
Engineered immunogens based on conserved patches of the virus’s envelope protein point to new strategies for vaccine design.
Spider and Centipede Venom Remarkably Similar
Bob Grant | Jun 12, 2015
The predatory toxins employed by animals separated by millions of years of evolution are virtually identical, a study shows.
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2015
A new high-throughput, transcriptome-wide assay determines RNA structures in vivo.
Renowned Molecular Biologist Dies
Kerry Grens | May 6, 2015
Alexander Rich, discoverer of Z-DNA, the RNA-DNA double helix, and the structure of collagen, has passed away at age 90.
Crystal Structure, Murky Function
Ruth Williams | Jan 29, 2015
Scientists have determined the crystal structures of bacterial translocator proteins, but their functions remain unclear.