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How do we colonize Mercury?

Humanity has long dreamed of establishing itself on other worlds, even before we started going into space. We've talked about colonizing the Moon, Mars, and even establishing ourselves on exoplanets in distant star systems. ...

dateAug 04, 2016 in Space Exploration
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The first stage of the cascade

G proteins are molecular switches on the insides of cell membranes. They convey important signals to the inner workings of the cells. The associated receptors are targeted by all kinds of medications. Scientists at the Technical ...

Neural stem cells control their own fate

To date, it has been assumed that the differentiation of stem cells depends on the environment they are embedded in. A research group at the University of Basel now describes for the first time a mechanism by which hippocampal ...

dateAug 18, 2016 in Cell & Microbiology
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Hushing the X chromosome

Early in the development of female embryos, a crucial event occurs in all cells: An X chromosome is silenced. Whereas males have only one X chromosome, females have two—which means they can have twice as many proteins generated ...

dateAug 08, 2016 in Biotechnology
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