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How could microplastics accumulate in the bodies of marine mammals?

Microplastics are bioavailable to marine organisms, through direct ingestion and/or via trophic transfer. Most studies of microplastics in marine mammals only analysed microplastics in the digestive ...
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How does a (stem) cell keep track of its own 'specialization'?

The process of "specialization" is usually referred to in biology as "differentiation". Largely, differentiation is a function of expression of transcription factors; these ...
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How does non-cell autonomous work - how can a mutant cell make other non-mutant cells exhibit a mutant phenotype?

This is one of those cases of biology terminology that really makes me groan, because although it can be a useful designation, the word choice is just... not excellent. Cells interact with each other ...
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How to reduce PPi concentration in blood samples by PPase

Bernhard et al. 1 describe a method for the treatment of human plasma with yeast inorganic pyrophosphatase. The PPase-treated plasma is used as both a diluent and a negative control in their PPi ...
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