Twist and shout
Artificial Muscles from Fishing Line and Sewing Thread. Haines et al.
annotated by Jessica Boehler
Artificial muscles have many potential applications, such as muscle transplantation and use in humanoid robots, but are currently expensive and inefficient. Haines et al. found a way to decrease the cost of...
annotations posted 05/29/2015
Shape shifters of the plant world
Leaf Shape Evolution Through Duplication, Regulatory Diversification, and Loss of a Homeobox Gene. Vlad et al.
annotated by: Greg Crowther and Spring 2014 students of English 299C (Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing in the Natural Sciences) at the University...
annotations posted 05/15/2015
The original GPS: how we remember what happened where
Neural Activity in Human Hippocampal Formation Reveals the Spatial Context of Retrieved Memories. Miller et al.
annotated by Marla Kay Perna
Do you remember when you first met your childhood best friend? You might remember that you sat next to each other in class or in the lunchroom, or...
annotations posted 05/01/2015
Take more naps, become more attractive
A Critical Period of Sleep for Development of Courtship Circuitry and Behavior in Drosophila. Kayser et al.
annotated by Emily Mason
In most animals, babies sleep more than adults. This is true in humans, mice, and even all the way down to fruit flies (Drosophila). The authors of this paper discovered that the...
annotations posted 04/17/2015
Overcrowding in neuronal synapses
Composition of isolated synaptic boutons reveals the amounts of vesicle trafficking proteins. Wilhelm et al.
annotated by Ihab Boulas, Ewen Corre, Catherine Eisenhauer, and Shazzad Hossain Mukit. The annotators are first year masters students, supervised by Dusan Misevic, who worked together as a class assignment to...
annotations posted 04/03/2015
How did dogs become our best friend?
Complete Mitochondrial Genomes of Ancient Canids Suggest a European Origin of Domestic Dogs. Thalmann et al.
annotated by Barthélémy Caron, Jean-Baptiste Caron, Cécile Gaston, and Amaury Monmeyran. The annotators are first year masters students, supervised by Dusan Misevic, who worked together as a class assignment...
annotations posted 03/20/2015
Are gut microbes controlling your weight?
Gut Microbiota from Twins Discordant for Obesity Modulate Metabolism in Mice. Ridaura et al.
annotated by Rachel Hood
annotations posted 03/06/2015
Budding yeast cells turn back the clock
Gametogenesis Eliminates Age-Induced Cellular Damage and Resets Life Span in Yeast. Elçin Ünal et al.
annotated by Brett Robison
The process by...
annotations posted 02/20/2015
One RING to fool them all: shedding light on BRCA1 mutations
BRCA1 Tumor Suppression Depends on BRCT Phosphoprotein Binding, But Not Its E3 Ligase Activity. Shakya et al.
annotated by Adam Thomas
Inherited mutations in the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are associated with a markedly increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Exactly how these mutations...
annotations posted 02/06/2015
Fussy about filaments
Actin Network Architecture Can Determine Myosin Motor Activity. Reymann et al.
annotated by Samantha Knoll
Living organisms’ ability to move around is essential to survival. In living cells, this...
annotations posted 01/23/2015