Salk Institute

Self-defense for plants

When you see brown spots on otherwise healthy green leaves, you may be witnessing a plant's immune response as it tries to keep a bacterial infection from spreading. Some plants are more resistant to such infections than ...

dateJan 08, 2018 in Biotechnology
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The right way to repair DNA

Is it better to do a task quickly and make mistakes, or to do it slowly but perfectly? When it comes to deciding how to fix breaks in DNA, cells face the same choice between two major repair pathways. The decision matters, ...

dateSep 20, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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How plants grow like human brains

Plants and brains are more alike than you might think: Salk scientists discovered that the mathematical rules governing how plants grow are similar to how brain cells sprout connections. The new work, published in Current ...

dateJul 06, 2017 in Biotechnology
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