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2012-08-31 13:41:11

The skin, the blood, and the lining of the gut—adult stem cells replenish them daily.

2012-08-27 11:45:43

Two opposing teams battle it out to regulate gene expression on the DNA playing field. One, the activators, keeps DNA open to enzymes that transcribe DNA into RNA.

2012-07-30 12:15:10

The vomeronasal organ (VNO) is one of evolution's most direct enforcers.

2012-06-11 19:54:23

During the final stage of cell division, a short-lived contractile ring constricts the cellular membrane and eventually separates the dividing cell in two.

2012-05-01 09:42:57

When stretched out, the genome of a single human cell can reach six feet.

2012-04-30 19:56:02

Historically, fly and human Polycomb proteins were considered textbook exemplars of transcriptional repressors, or proteins that silence the process by which DNA gives rise to new proteins.

2012-04-09 09:35:14

Cells on the move reach forward with lamellipodia and filopodia, cytoplasmic sheets and rods supported by branched networks or tight bundles of actin filaments.

2012-03-26 11:03:13

Few molecules are more interesting than DNA—except of course RNA. After two decades of research, that "other macromolecule" is no longer considered a mere messenger between glamorous DNA and protein-synthesizing machines.

2012-02-20 14:32:25

In a standard biology textbook, cells tend to look more or less the same from all sides.


Word of the Day
gazingstock
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.
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