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I Got You: The Strong Bond Between a SOMAmer and Its Protein

What thoughts give you a warm fuzzy feeling? A basket of golden retriever puppies or wriggly mewing kittens? Maybe loved ones or friends? We humans evolved to be social creatures. Without a social network, we could potentially face a lonely existence that...

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Send in the Modifications

War movies are full of it. Bullets whizzing past the infantry. Supplies dwindling to the last scrap of shoe leather. The enemy advancing ever closer. Morale falling faster than the apple hitting Sir Isaac Newton’s head. Suddenly, a burst of brilliant light...

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Lions and Tigers and Diseases…Oh My!

A newborn fawn laying in a flowering meadow takes its first wobbly steps and soon gleefully frolics. Unbeknownst to the little fawn, a mountain lion intently watches the little morsel. Fortunately, the fawn’s mother knows the world is full of danger and...

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Hot Proteins: The Prion Collective

Resistance is futile. These words have become the catch phrase of the Borg, an iconic alien race determined to assimilate all life into their collective. With no regard or any compassion, the aliens do what they want to achieve their objective....

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Back in the Day

The feverish pace of technological evolution during the twentieth century must have been mind-boggling. My grandparents (one born in the nineteenth century and the others born slightly after the start of the twentieth century) had front row...

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Of Bunnies and Pipettes

From the window, I still note the presence of winter. I grab my blanket to avoid the cold draft’s frigid grasp. Low and behold, I start seeing small pops of color piercing the stark white blanket of snow. Crocuses of every shade imaginable...

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Hot Proteins: That Which Endures

What do redwoods, quahog clams, Greenland sharks, bowhead whales, and Galapagos tortoises have in common? Although this sounds like a riddle that could keep the greatest of philosophers up at night, the answer is quite simple: These organisms...

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Gambling with the Genetic Code

In the game of poker, players wager that their dealt hand will win the pot of cash. But the person with the best hand doesn’t always prevail: The player holding the worst hand can still seize control of their fate to win the pot. In a way, our...

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Hot Protein: FUS bucket

Remember the ice bucket challenge? Sure, it was a great way to rapidly refresh on a balmy summer day while producing a short video that could make you a short-lived Facebook trend. However, the challenge had the far more noble purpose of...

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