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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    RNA World: Visualizing primer extension without enzymes

    John C Chaput
    X-ray crystallography has been used to observe the synthesis of RNA in the absence of enzymes with atomic resolution.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    HIV-1 Latency: Coloring hidden viruses

    Marina Lusic
    An improved dual-color reporter reveals how the fate of latent HIV-1 depends on where it integrates in the human genome.
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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Pharmacology: A Swiss army knife for targeting receptors

    Johansen B Amin, Lonnie P Wollmuth
    A compound can change the activity of NMDA receptors in some regions of a synapse without affecting those in other regions.
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    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Influenza virus: Interfering with transmission

    Andreas Wack
    The IFNλ family of interferons controls the spread of viruses in the upper respiratory tract and transmission between mice.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Pollution: Transgenic pigs to the rescue

    Björn Petersen
    Genetically engineered pigs that digest their food better could help to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen pollution.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Chromocenters: Bundling up DNA

    Susan A Gerbi
    Structures known as chromocenters, comprising satellite DNA and proteins such as D1 or HMGA1, help to contain DNA inside the nucleus between cell divisions.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Notochord: Patterning the spine

    Matthew P Harris, Gloria Arratia
    Experiments have shed new light on the development of the spine in zebrafish.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Evolution: The beat goes on

    Tobias Wang
    Why is the alligator heart so similar to the hearts of birds and mammals?
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    1. Neuroscience

    The Gastric Network: How the stomach and the brain work together at rest

    Giuseppina Porciello et al.
    Low-frequency electrical waves in the stomach seem to be synchronised with the activity of a newly discovered resting-state network in the human brain.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Marking the differences in motoneurons

    Simon A Sharples, Patrick J Whelan
    A subgroup of the neurons that control muscles becomes less excitable shortly before the symptoms of ALS develop.
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