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The long and short of sperm tails

A team of biologists in Japan has uncovered an unexpected role for mitochondria1, the power houses of cells, in the development of sperm in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Aug 05, 2011
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How the brain decides what to eat

Having a balanced diet is a vital concern to all living organisms, not only humans. Animals choose between different food sources according to their nutritional needs. In a study just published in the journal ...

May 13, 2010
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From lab dishwasher to distinguished researcher

More than 25 years ago, Dianne Williams of Baltimore was hired by Carnegie's Department of Embryology to wash lab dishes as part of a city job program for inner city youth. Now as head technician and manager of a Drosophila resear ...

Apr 29, 2010
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Gene links neurodegeneration and cancer

( -- In work that could lead to new insights into how neurons protect against neurodegeneration, researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report that a gene family known ...

Apr 14, 2010
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How fruit flies taste water

( -- The ability to detect water and regulate water intake is essential for all animals because if cells have too little or too much water the consequences for the animal can be disastrous. It ...

Apr 08, 2010 report
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