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Solving A Decade-Long Mystery: Neurons Hold The Key To Rare Neurological Diseases

While humans are 99.999% the same at the DNA level, there are small variations in our DNAs known as alleles. Most differences in our alleles are harmless, but some alleles make us more susceptible to get diseases like cancer or dementia. Understanding how these alleles... click to read more

Views 879
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 6, 2023
How plants protect themselves from salt stress

We often think of genes as a static piece of information in DNA that determines different physical aspects of life. I have blue eyes because I have the gene(s) for blue eyes. However, while DNA is important in determining such features, it's the proteins encoded... click to read more

  • Steve Anderson | PhD student at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Brian D. Gregory | Professor at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Views 2867
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 26, 2019
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Despite consisting only of one single cell, the microorganism Paramecium has an amazingly complex life cycle. It has a period of infancy and of old age, it learns, defends itself from prey, has sex, responds to different sensory cues - all things we can relate... click to read more

  • Sarah Allen | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut für Zellbiologie, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Mariusz Nowacki | Professor at Institut für Zellbiologie, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Views 4099
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Oct 19, 2018
Algae Living in Salamanders, Friend or foe?

Roughly speaking, our bodies use energy from the sun, but we can't use sunlight directly. Instead, plants and algae collect sunlight and store it as chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis. We can access that fuel directly when we eat plants, or indirectly when... click to read more

  • John Burns | Research Scientist at American Museum of Natural History, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics and Division of Invertebrate Zoology, New York, United States
  • Ryan R. Kerney | Professor at Gettysburg College, Department of Biology, Gettysburg, United States
Views 6126
Reading time 4 min
published on May 22, 2018