Getting to know your neighbors: Parasitic plants traffic RNA with their hosts
Genomic-scale exchange of mRNA between a parasitic plant and its hosts. Gunjune Kim et al.
annotated by Yana Miteva
Communication is at the center of our existence. Every day we communicate with a number of people around us to live productive and meaningful lives. Meanwhile, within our own human bodies, millions of...
annotations posted 03/04/2016
Western U.S. on the rise
Ongoing drought-induced uplift in the western United States. Adrian Antal Borsa, Duncan Carr Agnew, Daniel R. Cayan.
annotated by Erin Elisabeth Cunningham
Ground water is a large source of fresh water for most of the western United States. Being, of course, beneath the surface can make it quite a challenge to monitor,...
annotations posted 02/19/2016
How heroin held the key to understanding Parkinson’s disease
Chronic Parkinsonism in Humans due to a Product of Meperidine-AnalogSynthesis. Langston et al.
annotated by E. Barany, B. Gentry, J. Henderson, and P. Stricklin on behalf of the PSI class of 2015
Langston and colleagues studied four patients who had taken a synthetic drug, with actions like heroin, intravenously, then...
annotations posted 02/05/2016
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.
annotated by Jole Fiorito
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...
annotations posted 01/22/2016
What can invertebrates tell us about back pain?
Development of the annelid axochord: Insights into notochord evolution. Lauri et al.
annotated by Kate Woronowicz
The spinal column is a major source of structural support in vertebrates. The cartilaginous discs between each vertebra develop...
annotations posted 01/08/2016
Sleep: no longer just for dreaming
Sleep promotes branch-specific formation of dendritic spines after learning. Yang et al.
annotated by Elaine Y. Guo
Scientists know that sleep is involved in learning...
annotations posted 12/25/2015
Does smoking make a man less of a man?
Smoking is associated with mosaic loss of chromosome Y. Dumanski et al.
annotated by Robin Williamson
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...
annotations posted 12/11/2015
The Bee, the Mite, and the Virus
Global Honey Bee Viral Landscape Altered by a Parasitic Mite. Martin et al.
annotated by Oya Cingoz
The large-scale death of honey bee colonies worldwide has caused significant financial and...
annotations posted 11/27/2015
Take the Heat
Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change. Palumbi et al.
annotated by Desiree Stanley
Corals form the foundation of diverse reef ecosystems, but as ocean temperatures rise, corals...
annotations posted 11/13/2015
A Point to Reading
Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind. Kidd and Castano.
annotated by Catherine Richardson
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....
annotations posted 10/30/2015