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Cracking open a cell biology mystery

Two billion years ago somewhere in the primordial soup, one of our single-cell ancestors made a quick lunch out of another. But, in a moment of evolutionary serendipity, the would-be prey worked out a "win-win" symbiotic ...

Aug 09, 2010 5 / 5 (6) 8 | with audio podcast

New role for the JNK protein

Put simply, a tumor is the result of out-of-control cell growth. To assure that the cell cycle - the cell's process of duplicating itself to make more cells - goes smoothly, a large network of proteins tells other proteins ...

Jul 14, 2010 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Biology May Not Be So Complex Afterall

(PhysOrg.com) -- Centuries ago, scientists began reducing the physics of the universe into a few, key laws described by a handful of parameters. Such simple descriptions have remained elusive for complex biological ...

Feb 24, 2010 3.7 / 5 (6) 1 | with audio podcast