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Physics of Living Systems
Flagella: A new kind of beat
Kirsty Y Wan
New mathematical model reveals how the flagella of some single-celled algae generate a lasso-like beat pattern that propels the cell through water.
Physics of Living Systems
Tumor Biology: Cells under pressure
Dhiraj Indana, Ovijit Chaudhuri
A new method for applying solid stress to aggregates of cells is shedding light on the impact of mechanical forces on cancer cells.
Bioacoustics: Characterizing the hum of hovering animals
The sounds of flying animals, such as the hum of a hummingbird as it hovers, are influenced by the unique forces generated by the flapping of their wings.
Navigation: Why flies look to the skies
Fruit flies rely on an intricate neural pathway to process polarized light signals in order to inform their internal compass about the position of the Sun.
Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
Virus Engineering: ORACLE reveals a bright future to fight bacteria
Willow Coyote-Maestas, James S Fraser
A new way to alter the genome of bacteriophages helps produce large libraries of variants, allowing these bacteria-killing viruses to be designed to target species harmful to human health.
Chromosomes and Gene Expression
Cardiovascular Disease: Exploring risk factors at the molecular level
Martina Rudnicki, Tara L Haas
Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases trigger molecular changes that harm the endothelial cells in the heart, but exercise can suppress these effects.
Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Antibiotic Resistance: Bacterial evolution on demand
Pål J Johnsen et al.
Bacteria carry antibiotic resistant genes on movable sections of DNA that allow them to select the relevant genes on demand.
Epidemiology and Global Health
Malaria: What happens when forests fall?
Mercedes Pascual, Andres Baeza
Combining spatial and temporal data is helping researchers to understand how deforestation influences the risk of malaria.
Remodeling Synapses: From mice to men
J Christian Althaus, Michael A Sutton
All-trans retinoic acid induces functional and structural plasticity of synapses in human cortical circuits through the engagement of the spine apparatus.
Genetics and Genomics
COVID-19: Rare variants increase the risk of severe COVID-19
Frank L van de Veerdonk, Mihai G Netea
Evidence is mounting that rare loss-of-function variants in the
gene predispose men with no medical history to severe forms of COVID-19.
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