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‘Stemness’ and the downside of limiting our definition of stem cells

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
As more sophisticated technology has revealed just how plastic and heterogeneous cell populations can be, some researchers have transitioned from ...
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Are our microbes part of us? ‘Radical upgrade’ of evolutionary theory

Jonathan Lambert | 
Look closely enough at any plant or animal and you will discover a riot of bacteria, fungi and viruses forming ...
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Stem cells’ ‘memories’ of past injuries may contribute to chronic inflammation

Monique Brouillete | 
Stem cells, famous for replenishing the body’s stockpile of other cell types throughout life, may have an additional, unforeseen ability ...
Evolved adaptation: Challenges to Darwin's belief that mutations are random and neutral

Evolved adaptation: Challenges to Darwin’s belief that mutations are random and neutral

Viviane Callier | 
When Charles Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in On the Origin of Species in 1859, he ...
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Your brain has its own unique ‘functional fingerprint’

Raleigh McElvery | 
The physical links between brain regions, collectively known as the “connectome,” are part of what distinguish humans cognitively from other ...
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Explaining hallucinations through math

Jennifer Ouellette | 
[Researcher Heinrich Klüver] classified [hallucinogenic patterns he experienced] into four distinct types that he dubbed “form constants”: lattices (including checkerboards, ...
Why our brains are in the business of predicting the future

Why our brains are in the business of predicting the future

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
According to [the] “predictive coding” theory, at each level of a cognitive process, the brain generates models, or beliefs, about ...
Will we soon be able to regenerate limbs?

Will we soon be able to regenerate limbs?

Elizabeth Preston | 
[Axolotl] salamanders stand out as the only vertebrates that can replace complex body parts that are lost at any age, ...
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Delving into theories about the brain’s balancing act

Jennifer Ouellette | 
Gerardo Ortiz remembers well the time in 2010 when he first heard his Indiana University colleague John Beggs talk about the hotly debated ...
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We may owe our existence to plate tectonics

Rebecca Boyle | 
[T]here’s more to plate tectonics than earthquakes and eruptions. A wave of new research is increasingly hinting that Earth’s external ...
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Are vaccines creating viral resistance?

Melinda Moyer | 
[Researcher Andrew] Read and his colleagues are studying how the herpesvirus that causes Marek’s disease — a highly contagious, paralyzing ...
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Video: Innovative brain-mapping techniques could unlock neuroscience secrets

Monique Brouillette | 
What [neuroscientist Tony] Zador showed me was a map of 50,000 neurons in the cerebral cortex of a mouse. It ...
What spurred the Cambrian explosion? Evolving animals may have led to more oxygen, not other way around

What spurred the Cambrian explosion? Evolving animals may have led to more oxygen, not other way around

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Scientists have long sought to determine what caused the Cambrian explosion, and to explain why animal life didn’t take this ...
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Is cancer the evolutionary ‘price’ complex animals pay for living in an oxygen rich environment?

Jordana Cepelwicz | 
Like many biologists, [Emma] Hammarlund wondered why it took so long for complex animals to emerge — and why, when ...
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Can we boost memory through brain stimulation?

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
In a study appearing [February 6] in Nature Communications, [...] a team of researchers succeeded at enhancing memory more reliably, by stimulating ...
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We’re about to see an expansion of life’s genetic code

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
With recent innovations in gene editing, it may seem as if the field of synthetic biology is just starting to ...
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Plant evolution: Compact genomes and tiny cells helped flowering plants take over the world

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
When people consider evolutionary events related to the origin and diversification of new species and groups, they tend to emphasize ...
Evolutionary tradeoffs: How DNA works so living things have a 'competitive advantage' to survive

Evolutionary tradeoffs: How DNA works so living things have a ‘competitive advantage’ to survive

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Evolution is a game of trade-offs. Every trait an organism inherits may have benefits and drawbacks; what matters to natural ...
New species may be created by cellular 'mitonuclear conflict'

New species may be created by cellular ‘mitonuclear conflict’

Carrie Arnold | 
In the complex cells of humans and other organisms, two different genomes collaborate to sustain life. The larger genome, with ...
‘Information bottleneck’ theory could help crack human learning mysteries

‘Information bottleneck’ theory could help crack human learning mysteries

Natalie Wolchover | 
Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures ...
Neanderthal population estimate increases tenfold

Neanderthal population estimate increases tenfold

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Some gene-based estimates put the Neanderthals’ effective population at a measly 1,000; others claim they hovered at a few thousand ...
Physicist Nigel Goldenfeld: Life started with physics, not biology

Physicist Nigel Goldenfeld: Life started with physics, not biology

Jordana Cepelewicz, Nigel Goldenfeld | 
[Editor's note: The following is part of an interview with Nigel Goldenfeld, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute for Universal Biology ...
Older mini-brains could boost study of autism, schizophrenia

Older mini-brains could boost study of autism, schizophrenia

Jordana Cepelwicz | 
[Sergiu Paşca, a neuroscientist at Stanford University] has joined other researchers in growing little balls of human brain tissue, about ...
Bear love affair: Grizzly and polar--Interbreeding neighboring species played key role in evolution

Bear love affair: Grizzly and polar–Interbreeding neighboring species played key role in evolution

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
In 2006, a hunter shot what he thought was a polar bear in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Closer examination, ...
Cell's waste bins: Lysosomes' role stretches beyond 'trash collector' to importance in gene activity, cancer

Cell’s waste bins: Lysosomes’ role stretches beyond ‘trash collector’ to importance in gene activity, cancer

Esther Landhuis | 
In this loftier reckoning of lysosomes, the organelles deftly integrate metabolic information from throughout the cell and communicate it to ...
Are Y chromosomes, and men, really on road to extinction?

Are Y chromosomes, and men, really on road to extinction?

Emily Singer | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Jennifer Marshall Graves, an ...

Stomach bug just a few small mutations away from Black Plague

Carrie Arnold | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Each year, 4 million ...
How a small stretch of DNA can keep species separate -- even when they interbreed

How a small stretch of DNA can keep species separate — even when they interbreed

Emily Singer | 
Sometimes, two distinct species interbreed, even though they're technically not supposed to. But what stops these rare cases of hybridization ...