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  1. A genetic disguise to evade treatment

    Genetic changes in some lung cancers allow them to resist traditional treatment strategies and take on the identity of other healthy cells.
  2. Computing cognition

    A new method enables researchers to test a broader range of models governing how brain dynamics contribute to decision making.
  3. Channeling the gating speed

    Computer modelling of a calcium channel sheds new light on the molecular mechanisms behind voltage sensing.
  4. Crossed wires

    Genetic and biochemical experiments reveal how signals during embryonic development instruct nerve cells to reorient and grow in a different direction.
  5. Doubling down on antibiotic resistance

    Combining a last resort antibiotic with an experimental drug punches deadly holes in multi-drug-resistant bacteria.
  6. An ion’s role in ALS

    A zinc ion in the protein SOD1 sheds light on why some of the genetic mutations linked to the neurodegenerative disease ALS may have a more detrimental effect.
  7. Testing pain relief in newborns

    The number of newborn infants needed to test pain-relieving treatments could be reduced by measuring their brain activity after a gentle poke.
  8. The cost of social status

    Rising to the top in baboon society makes alpha males age faster.