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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Thalidomide: Unlocking a dark past

    Fernando Rodríguez-Pérez, Michael Rape
    A transcription factor called SALL4 could be the missing link between thalidomide and the limb defects caused by the drug.
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  1. Global Science: Barriers in Bangladesh

    Senjuti Saha et al.
    An international effort is needed to overcome the paywalls, customs regulations and lack of local suppliers that hinder research in low- and middle-income countries.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Muscle Contraction: Too much of a good thing

    H Lee Sweeney
    A mutation that causes heart disease in humans increases the number of active myosin heads during contraction in the muscles of fruit flies, leading to the progressive dysfunction of the flight muscles and heart tube.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Navigation: Shedding light on stellate cells

    Andrew S Alexander, Michael E Hasselmo
    The relationship between grid cells and two types of neurons found in the medial entorhinal cortex has been clarified.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Mechanistic Microbiome Studies: A Special Issue

    Curated by Wendy S Garrett et al.
    eLife is pleased to present a Special Issue to highlight recent advances in the mechanistic understanding of microbiome function.
  2. Mahmoud Bukar Maina pipetting in the lab

    Global Science: Neuroscience in Nigeria

    Mahmoud Bukar Maina discusses the challenges of doing research in a country with limited resources.
    1. Neuroscience

    Learning: The cerebellum influences vocal timing

    Court Hull
    We are starting to understand how the cerebellum contributes to vocal learning in songbirds.
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  3. Episode 49: August 2018

    In this episode, we hear about the RNA world, bovine TB, lung fibrosis, and why rock pigeons have different wing patterns.
    1. Neuroscience

    Chemotaxis: Cider vinegar rules

    Ronald L Calabrese
    Experiments in wind tunnels have shed light on the rules that govern how flies respond when they detect odors.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Learning: How the cerebellum learns to build a sequence

    Reza Shadmehr
    Rabbits can learn the biological analogue of a simple recursive function by relying only on the neurons of the cerebellum.
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