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BAD TO THE BONE: UNLOCKING THE MOLECULAR REGULATION OF OSTEOBLAST DIFFERENTIATION AND BONE SYNTHESIS

Co-authors Andy McMahon (left) and Stephen Rodda The mammalian skeleton is important for many physiological functions; as a scaffold, it supports the body, enabling motion and mechanical loading,…

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RACHELLE GAUDET IS HOOKED ON CRYSTALLOGRAPHY

Rachelle Gaudet When she was finishing her postdoctoral research, Rachelle Gaudet anticipated leaving behind the old and starting a new project in her own lab. She had been…

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MAPPING EVOLUTION: LINKING ADAPTIVE TRAITS TO GENOMIC LOCATION

Authors Ayellet Segrè and Andrew Murray Life exists in an impressive variety of forms, but the processes responsible for generating all that variation typically take far longer than…

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MAMMALIAN EGG PROGENITORS STAY PUT

Co-authors Amy Wagers and Kevin Eggan One of the central dogmas of mammalian reproduction is that females are born with a fixed pool of meiotic germ cells in…

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MEISTER SHOWS THAT THE EYES HAVE IT

Markus Meister Can the closed eyes of an unborn baby produce messages that help normal brain development in the womb? It may seem strange to think so, but…

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TRANSLATING THE LANGUAGE OF PHEROMONES

When animals meet, how do they distinguish friend from foe? Such determinations must be made quickly, since any delay could mean a missed opportunity, but also accurately, since…

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