Small Things Considered
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by Christoph Weigel | "... These results, gained with a novel method for blotting (E. M. Southern, manuscript in preparation), have also led to the identification of the Bam Hl recognition sequence". It is rather unusual to find unpublished work referred to in the abstract of a paper, to put it mildly. But this was exactly what readers of the October issue...
by Anne A. Madden | Many plants do not want to be eaten. They avoid this fate by producing deadly toxins and carcinogenic poisons, such as those associated with the aptly named poison ivy, poison sumac, and deadly nightshade. Despite such defenses, almost half of all animal species...
The year is 2124. Thanks to new improvements in teleportation, the Intergalactic Research Institute has gathered 1000 biological samples from each of 1000 habitable planets in 1000 galaxies. The samples were analyzed with new model Instant Analyzers capable of determining the nucleotide sequence bases (to use old quaint terminology) of…
by Merry Youle | Over the past eight years, step-by-step, researchers have established a basic understanding of the CRISPR defenses against foreign DNA so widely used by both bacteria and archaea. We related the early story on STC in 2008 and commented on six additional questions...
Vincent, Michele, and Michael discuss how a gene from bacteria protects a tick from plant cyanide poisoning, and enhanced transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae by influenza virus co-infection in mice.
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