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Stem Cells: Getting to the heart of cardiovascular evolution in humans
Alex Pollen, Bryan J Pavlovic
Differences in the response of cardiomyocytes to oxygen deprivation in humans and chimpanzees may explain why humans are more prone to certain heart diseases.
Curated by Eve Marder
Essays on the human side of science by Eve Marder.
Innate Behavior: Flies spring a surprise
Johanna M Kobler, Ilona C Grunwald Kadow
A combination of genetic, anatomical and physiological techniques has revealed that the lateral horn, a region of the brain involved in olfaction in flies, has many more types of neurons than expected.
Chromosomes and Gene Expression
Genome Organization: Painting chromosomes in the nucleus
Cori K Cahoon, Diana E Libuda
A multiplexed approach to DNA FISH experiments has been used to visualize the three-dimensional organization of chromosomes and specific chromosomal regions in
Genetics and Genomics
Evolution: Of starch and spit
Mareike C Janiak
Animals living alongside humans have multiple copies of the gene for alpha-amylase, the enzyme that breaks down starchy foods, and high levels of this protein in their saliva.
Interview: Efraín Rivera-Serrano
Working in research provides Efraín Rivera-Serrano with opportunities to inspire others to consider higher education and a career in science.
Epidemiology and Global Health
Disease Risk: Mapping the emerging burden of dengue
The first nationally-representative survey of dengue has revealed the growing burden of the disease in Bangladesh.
Meta-Research: Tracking the popularity and outcomes of all bioRxiv preprints
Richard J Abdill, Ran Blekhman
Data are reported for the monthly number of uploads to and downloads from bioRxiv, and for the number of preprints that are later published in peer-reviewed journals.
Scientist and Parent: Planning during pregnancy
Bridget M Kuehn
Colleagues, funders and institutions can support pregnant researchers in a variety of ways.
Neurotransmitter Identity: A question of lineage
In the ventral nerve cord of fruit flies, neurons from the same hemilineage use the same neurotransmitter.
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