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For biologists studying tiny worms, new technologies make big improvements

For biologists studying tiny worms, new technologies make big improvements Two new technologies are helping scientists understand new aspects of organ and nervous system development in C. elegans. One allows them to image worms developing in a natural environment, while the other makes it possible to track single neurons as the worms grow. More »

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A common brain cell shapes the nervous system in unexpected ways

A common brain cell shapes the nervous system in unexpected waysGlial cells nourish, protect, and support neurons, but their role is far from passive. A new study shows how they can change the shape of nerve endings and distinguish between the different types of neurons they encase. More »

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A newly discovered way for cells to die

A newly discovered way for cells to dieIn studying how worms develop from larvae into adults, scientists have discovered a previously unknown process in which cells are programmed to die. The findings might have implications for understanding some diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders. More »

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Shaham and Chalasani named winners of 2009 Blavatnik Awards

Associate Professor Shai Shaham and Postdoctoral Fellow Sreekanth H. Chalasani, who were named finalists in the third annual competition in September, were honored last night with six other winners at the New York Academy of Sciences’ Science and the City Gala. More »

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