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Clarity in the cold

How fruit flies beat the cold, plus the value of precisely controlled experiments and detailed…

By Sonia Furtado Neves

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Nothing but blue skies

Focusing on basic research is crucial for the development of more advanced genetics…

By Claire Ainsworth

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Bigger, better, faster

The molecular machine that makes essential components of ribosomes – the cell’s protein factories – is like a Swiss-army knife, researchers at…

By Guest author(s)

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Choreographed origami

An important step in building ribosomes – the cell’s protein factories – is like a strictly choreographed dance, scientists at the European…

By Guest author(s)

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Pushing the boundaries of transcription

Like musicians in an orchestra who have the same musical score but start and finish playing at different intervals, cells with the same genes start…

By Guest author(s)

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Zeroing in on heart disease

Studies screening the genome of hundreds of thousands of individuals (known as Genome-wide association studies or GWAS) have linked more than 100…

By Guest author(s)

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Protein production: going viral

A research team of scientists from EMBL Grenoble and the IGBMC in Strasbourg, France, have, for the first time, described in molecular detail the…

By Guest author(s)

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Word cloud of proteins

The cell’s ‘New World’

In one of the most famous faux pas of exploration, Columbus set sail for India and instead ‘discovered’ America. Similarly, when…

By Guest author(s)

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High resolution image of the key domain of the influenza virus polymerase. The active site responsible for RNA cleavage is shown in red. Its activity is crucial for the virus to multiply in human cells

New findings reveal how influenza virus hijacks human cells

Influenza is and remains a disease to reckon with. Seasonal epidemics around the world kill several hundred thousand people every year. In the light…

By Guest author(s)

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An ambulance man for muscle damage

It does not take much to injure a muscle. Sometimes one sudden, inconsiderate movement does the job. Unfortunately, damaged muscles are not as…

By Guest author(s)

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A switch between life and death

Cells in an embryo divide at an amazing rate to build a whole body, but this growth needs to be controlled. Otherwise the result may be defects in…

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Defusing dangerous mutations

Mutations in genes are the basis of evolution, so we owe our existence to them. Most mutations are harmful, however, because they cause cells to…

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