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Biological Mimicking a bundle of waste: Influenza A virus strategic attack

Influenza A virus uses the aggresome processing machinery for host cell entry.  Banerjee et al. 

Fighting the influenza A virus (IAV) still remains a great challenge, and there is a real and urgent need for developing new antiviral medicines. Until now, scientists did not know how the virus was able to release its viral genetic material, which is well protected inside a shell, the...

annotations posted 01/22/2016
original paper published 10/24/2014

Biological What can invertebrates tell us about back pain?
Development of the annelid axochord: Insights into notochord evolution.  Lauri et al.   
    The spinal column is a major source of structural support in vertebrates. The cartilaginous discs between each vertebra develop from an embryonic structure called the notochord. But how did the notochord evolve? The experiments in...

    annotations posted 01/08/2016
    original paper published 09/12/2014

    Biological Sleep: no longer just for dreaming
    Sleep promotes branch-specific formation of dendritic spines after learning.  Yang et al
     
    Scientists know that sleep is involved in learning and memory, however they don't know exactly how.  In this study, scientists examine how the structure of a neuron changes after a task...

    annotations posted 12/25/2015
    original paper published 10/26/2015

    Biological Does smoking make a man less of a man?
    Smoking is associated with mosaic loss of chromosome Y.  Dumanski et al.
     
    The genetics of some diseases (e.g., cystic fibrosis, Huntington disease) is pretty clear cut: A person is born with a disruption, or mutation, in a critical gene that causes the disease. The genetics of many common diseases, however, are more complicated. In most cases,...

    annotations posted 12/11/2015
    original paper published 01/02/2015

    Biological The Bee, the Mite, and the Virus
    Global Honey Bee Viral Landscape Altered by a Parasitic Mite.  Martin et al.
     
    The large-scale death of honey bee colonies worldwide has caused significant financial and ecological losses over the past decade. Increased prevalence of an invasive parasitic mite, the aptly named...

    annotations posted 11/27/2015
    original paper published 10/26/2015

    Biological Take the Heat
    Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change. Palumbi et al.
     
    Corals form the foundation of diverse reef ecosystems, but as ocean temperatures rise, corals face increasing stress. Environmental changes may outpace coral evolution. Can corals adapt to tolerate...

    annotations posted 11/13/2015
    original paper published 11/21/2014

    Biological A Point to Reading
    Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind.  Kidd and Castano.  
    The books we read change our minds, but in what ways? This study shows that certain types of books (nonfiction, popular, literary, and everyone’s favorite: no books) affect the minds of readers differently. Although reading fiction has long been a requirement in education and a pastime for many, little...

    annotations posted 10/30/2015
    original paper published 10/03/2013

    Biological Ebola outbreak traced to the funeral of traditional healer
    Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak.  Gire et al.
     
    Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe and most often fatal disease in humans, with an average fatality rate of 78%.  The recent (2014) outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak to date, with 1229 people reported to have died at the time of...

    annotations posted 10/15/2015
    original paper published 09/12/2014

    Physical Unidirectional Growth...the Road to Designer Micelles
    Non-Centrosymmetric Cylindrical Micelles by Unidirectional Growth.  Rupar et al.
     
    As the field of nanotechnology continues to grow, the ability to carefully control nanoparticle size, shape, and composition still remains a challenge. Most nanoparticles exhibit a great deal of symmetry. The authors of this paper focused on developing a method to create block...

    annotations posted 10/02/2015
    original paper published 08/03/2012

    Biological Mosquitoes be gone!
    Antibodies to PfSEA-1 block parasite egress from RBCs and protect against malaria infection.  Raj et al.  
     
    Antibodies play a crucial role in any immune response.  Antibodies bind and signal pathogens for destruction by other immune cells, or bind and isolate the pathogen to prevent it from invading or damaging other cells. As such, the generation of B-...

    annotations posted 09/18/2015
    original paper published 05/23/2014

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    Biological Mimicking a bundle of waste: Influenza A virus strategic attack

    Influenza A virus uses the aggresome processing machinery for host cell entry.  Banerjee et al. 

    Fighting the influenza A virus (IAV) still remains a great challenge, and there is a real and urgent need for developing new antiviral medicines. Until now, scientists did not know how the virus was able to release its viral genetic material, which is well protected inside a shell, the...

    annotations posted 01/22/2016
    original paper published 10/24/2014

    Biological What can invertebrates tell us about back pain?
    Development of the annelid axochord: Insights into notochord evolution.  Lauri et al.   
      The spinal column is a major source of structural support in vertebrates. The cartilaginous discs between each vertebra develop from an embryonic structure called the notochord. But how did the notochord evolve? The experiments in...

      annotations posted 01/08/2016
      original paper published 09/12/2014

      Biological Sleep: no longer just for dreaming
      Sleep promotes branch-specific formation of dendritic spines after learning.  Yang et al
       
      Scientists know that sleep is involved in learning and memory, however they don't know exactly how.  In this study, scientists examine how the structure of a neuron changes after a task...

      annotations posted 12/25/2015
      original paper published 10/26/2015

      Biological Does smoking make a man less of a man?
      Smoking is associated with mosaic loss of chromosome Y.  Dumanski et al.
       
      The genetics of some diseases (e.g., cystic fibrosis, Huntington disease) is pretty clear cut: A person is born with a disruption, or mutation, in a critical gene that causes the disease. The genetics of many common diseases, however, are more complicated. In most cases,...

      annotations posted 12/11/2015
      original paper published 01/02/2015

      Biological The Bee, the Mite, and the Virus
      Global Honey Bee Viral Landscape Altered by a Parasitic Mite.  Martin et al.
       
      The large-scale death of honey bee colonies worldwide has caused significant financial and ecological losses over the past decade. Increased prevalence of an invasive parasitic mite, the aptly named...

      annotations posted 11/27/2015
      original paper published 10/26/2015

      Biological Take the Heat
      Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change. Palumbi et al.
       
      Corals form the foundation of diverse reef ecosystems, but as ocean temperatures rise, corals face increasing stress. Environmental changes may outpace coral evolution. Can corals adapt to tolerate...

      annotations posted 11/13/2015
      original paper published 11/21/2014

      Biological A Point to Reading
      Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind.  Kidd and Castano.  
      The books we read change our minds, but in what ways? This study shows that certain types of books (nonfiction, popular, literary, and everyone’s favorite: no books) affect the minds of readers differently. Although reading fiction has long been a requirement in education and a pastime for many, little...

      annotations posted 10/30/2015
      original paper published 10/03/2013

      Biological Ebola outbreak traced to the funeral of traditional healer
      Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak.  Gire et al.
       
      Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe and most often fatal disease in humans, with an average fatality rate of 78%.  The recent (2014) outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak to date, with 1229 people reported to have died at the time of...

      annotations posted 10/15/2015
      original paper published 09/12/2014

      Physical Unidirectional Growth...the Road to Designer Micelles
      Non-Centrosymmetric Cylindrical Micelles by Unidirectional Growth.  Rupar et al.
       
      As the field of nanotechnology continues to grow, the ability to carefully control nanoparticle size, shape, and composition still remains a challenge. Most nanoparticles exhibit a great deal of symmetry. The authors of this paper focused on developing a method to create block...

      annotations posted 10/02/2015
      original paper published 08/03/2012

      Biological Mosquitoes be gone!
      Antibodies to PfSEA-1 block parasite egress from RBCs and protect against malaria infection.  Raj et al.  
       
      Antibodies play a crucial role in any immune response.  Antibodies bind and signal pathogens for destruction by other immune cells, or bind and isolate the pathogen to prevent it from invading or damaging other cells. As such, the generation of B-...

      annotations posted 09/18/2015
      original paper published 05/23/2014

      Pages