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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.
annotated by Hazel O'Connor
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...

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.
annotated by Tessy Thomas
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...

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.  
annotated by John Huang
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...

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

Biological It's not easy being green tomatoes
Uniform ripening Encodes a Golden 2-like Transcription Factor Regulating Tomato Fruit Chloroplast Development.  Powell et al. 
annotated by Cristina Walcher-Chevillet
When shopping for tomatoes, people often look for a uniform scarlet hue...

annotations posted 09/04/2015
original paper published 06/29/2012

Biological A stroke of genesis in the brain
A latent neurogenic program in astrocytes regulated by Notch signaling in the mouse.  Magnusson et al. 
annotated by Ralitsa Petrova
Astrocytes, a type of glial cell in the brain, were originally considered to be “brain glue,” with the chief role of supporting neurons.  In this report, scientists take a second look at...

annotations posted 08/21/2015
original paper published 10/10/2014

Biological Cells mix things up by actively stirring their insides
High-resolution mapping of intracellular fluctuations using carbon nanotubes.  Fakhri et al.  
annotated by Wylie Ahmed 
All organisms are composed of one or more living cells. The human body contains...

annotations posted 08/07/2015
original paper published 05/30/2014

Biological A shoot full of sugar helps the flowering begin
Regulation of Flowering by Trehalose-6-Phosphate Signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana Wahl et al.  
annotated by Greg Crowther and Spring 2014 students of English 299C (Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing in the Natural Sciences) at the University of Washington: Courtney Abrams, Shuvam Chaudhuri, Jennifer Dankoff, Elsha...

annotations posted 07/24/2015
original paper published 02/08/2013

Physical Does Earth have a sixth ocean?
Dehydration melting at the top of the lower mantle.  Schmandt et al.  
annotated by Sam Haugland
Water present on the surface of the Earth is easy to find and measure.  What about the water we can't see?  Scientists have always thought that massive amounts of water might exist deep beneath the Earth's surface, but they...

annotations posted 07/10/2015
original paper published 06/13/2014

Biological How unique are today’s temperatures?
A reconstruction of regional and global temperature for the past 11,300 years.  Marcott et al.
annotated by Rich Fiorella
Today’s fossil fuel use drives a global climate experiment: how much will global temperatures rise as a result of carbon emissions? To answer this question, scientists...

annotations posted 06/24/2015
original paper published 03/08/2013

Biological Stop! Codon time!
Stop codon reassignments in the wild.  Ivanova et al.  
annotated by Parmit Singh
A central idea in genetics is that all microbes follow the same genetic code when producing proteins.  What happens...

annotations posted 06/12/2015
original paper published 05/23/2014