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A positive-feedback system ensures that cells divide

(PhysOrg.com) -- In the life of every cell, there’s a point of no return. Once it enters the cell cycle and passes a checkpoint known as “Start,” a cell will follow the steps it needs to divide — no matter what changes ...

Aug 07, 2008 4.5 / 5 (8) 0

Glia guide brain development in worms

Again and again, experiments confirmed it. Without glia, neurons die. So scientists who wanted to study in living animals what glia — the most abundant brain cells — do for neurons besides keep them alive ...

Jul 14, 2008 4 / 5 (4) 0

Centromeres cross over, a lot

Recombination at centromeres is higher than anywhere else on the chromosome, even though methyltransferases do their best to prevent it, say Jaco et al., as published in the June 16 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology.

Jun 12, 2008 4.3 / 5 (3) 0

How sperm get into the zona

Before it can fertilize an egg, a sperm has to bind to and bore through an outer egg layer known as the zona pellucida. Despite decades of research, some of the biological mechanisms behind this process remain ...

Jun 16, 2014 5 / 5 (1) 0

Aging cells unravel their DNA

Senescent cells, which are metabolically active but no longer capable of dividing, contribute to aging, and senescence is a key mechanism for preventing the spread of cancer cells. A study in The Journal of ...

Dec 16, 2013 5 / 5 (1) 0