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News from 2006

2006 MERCK AWARDS FOR GENOME-RELATED RESEARCH ANNOUNCED

From L to R: award recipients Shovon Ashraf, Gavin MacBeath, Craig Ellermaier, Mervyn Turner (Merck Senior Vice-President for Worldwide Licensing & External Research), In-Jung Kim, Peter Girguis, Stefanie…

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AXEL NOHTURFFT: NEW INSIGHTS INTO MEMBRANE BIOLOGY

Axel Nohturfft To understand Axel Nohturfft’s fascination with cell membranes, think of a time billions of years ago, when life first flickered in a primordial soup, bubbling on…

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A NEW FUNCTION AND MECHANISM FOR MICRORNAS

MicroRNAs are small RNAs that bind and repress target mRNAs. The first microRNA was discovered by Victor Ambros and colleagues in Harvard’s Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology,…

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AN UNUSUALLY SIMPLE SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION SYSTEM

Authors Errett Hobbs (left) and Craig Ellermeier In this week’s Cell, Craig Ellermeier, Errett Hobbs, Eduardo Gonzalez and Rich Losick report the discovery of an unusually simple system…

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BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THE LIFE SCIENCES

Anyone who’s ever taken a freshman biology course in college knows the ordinary routine: a big textbook, a big class, and lots of facts to memorize before exams.…

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A NEW MECHANISM FOR LONG-TERM MEMORY

Calyx of the mushroom body, Drosophila brain[click for full size and description] Authors Sam Kunes and Shovon Ashraf One of the remaining mysteries of neuroscience is how memories…

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NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS: INSIGHTS FROM ZEBRAFISH

Zebrafish notochord scatter-labeled with red and green fluorescent proteins Author Brian Ciruna In this week’s Nature, Brian Ciruna, Alex Schier and colleagues reveal how a major cellular signaling…

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