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    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Gastrulation: May the force be with you

    Shinuo Weng, John B Wallingford
    Understanding the coordination of the forces generated in embryos by two processes, convergent extension and convergent thickening, is key to understanding how a hollow sphere of cells develops into an elongated embryo.
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  1. Life story: Gal Haimovich

    When deciding to join a lab, scientists thinking of having children should consider what kind of support will be available to them.
  2. A mother and child outside of a centre for scientific outreach

    Life story: Louisa James

    Being a parent helps to put things into perspective – and make strategic career decisions.
  3. A child's drawing of her parents teaching

    Life story: Jonas Obleser

    Raising children does not require having a done-and-dusted career path.
  4. A family on an outing

    Life story: Tom Monie

    Balancing the need to network and showcase your scientific work with the demands of parenthood is a difficult act.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Gene Regulation: Acting in tandem

    Robert A Battaglia, Ailong Ke
    RNA structures called tandem riboswitches allow bacteria to employ complex logical operations in response to nutrient starvation.
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  5. Scientist and Parent: Cultural shifts

    Bridget M Kuehn
    China's one-child policy has resulted in scientists with families having experiences that are very different to those elsewhere in the world.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Science Forum: Donated chemical probes for open science

    Susanne Müller et al.
    A collaboration between several pharmaceutical companies provides a unique resource of high-quality chemical probes and associated data from the companies to the academic community.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Research: A comprehensive and quantitative exploration of thousands of viral genomes

    Gita Mahmoudabadi, Rob Phillips
    A compendium of critical genomic numbers for viruses through the lenses of different viral classification systems.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Immunodeficiency: Back from the brink of obscurity

    Donald C Vinh
    A mutation in a transcription factor makes people susceptible to Trophyrema whippelii, the bacterium that causes a rare condition called Whipple's disease.
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