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Bacterial Biofilms: A Charged Environment

A Bacillus subtilis biofilm grown in a Petri dish. Credit: Süel Lab, UCSD. Last summer, we shared findings from Gürol Süel and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego, that bacterial...

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Sugar Rush in Research

Sugar sprinkled on cookies and other treats is often an attractive—and sweet tasting—finishing touch. But the sugar-rich coating that surrounds most cells is far more—it’s a vital ingredient for many...

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Recognition for CRISPR Gene-Editing Tool

The CRISPR gene-editing tool was recognized today by Science magazine as its “breakthrough of the year.” We support a number of researchers working in this exciting area and have featured it on this...

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Cool Images: A Holiday-Themed Collection

Here are some images from our gallery that remind us of the winter holidays—and showcase important findings and innovations in biomedical research. Ribbons and Wreaths This wreath represents the...

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Meet a Globe-Trotting Chemist and Builder of “Smart Molecules”

Jayawickramarajah taking a “selfie” with “The Bean,” a large, highly reflective sculpture in Chicago Credit: Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah Janarthanan JayawickramarajahBorn in: Kandy, Sri LankaJob...

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Cryo-Electron Microscopy Reveals Molecules in Ever Greater Detail

The molecular visualization technique known as cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) was recently named the “2015 Method of the Year” by the journal Nature Methods. In a recent blog post, NIH Director...

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A Heart-Shaped Protein

The structure of the serum albumin protein is shaped like a heart. Credit: Wladek Minor, University of Virginia. From cookies and candies to balloons and cards, heart-shaped items abound this time of...

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Evolution and Health: A Conversation with Evolutionary Geneticist Dr. Dan...

Today, February 12, is Darwin Day—an occasion to recognize the scientific contributions of 19th-century naturalist Charles Darwin. In this video, our own evolutionary geneticist, Dan Janes, answers...

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Four Ways Inheritance Is More Complex Than Mendel Knew

An original edition of Gregor Mendel’s 1866 publication, “Experiments in Plant Hybridization,” housed in NIH’s National Library of Medicine. Credit: Alisa Machalek. This year marks the 150th...

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Cool Image: A Circadian Circuit

This image, taken with a confocal microscope, shows how time-of-day information flows through the fruit fly brain. Clock neurons (stained in blue) communicate with leucokinin (LK) neurons (stained in...

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