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Flocking Jackdaws

Plasticity and the transition to order in jackdaw flocks

New study reveals plasticity rules of interaction driving collective behaviour across different contexts.

Chimeric grafts to study the contribution of the subcutaneous fascia (red) and skin cells (green) during the wound healing/scarring process

How do scars form? Fascia function as a repository of mobile scar tissue

In the riddle about the origin of scar tissue, researchers have reached an important next step. A team led by Helmholtz…

An artist’s depiction of how larval zebrafish make decisions about the direction of coherent motion within a cloud of mostly randomly moving dots

Larval zebrafish as a model for perceptual decision-making

During perceptual decision-making, animals need to accumulate sensory evidence over time but the underlying neural…

Photographs for the transition from swimming to walking in centipede

Navigating land and water: how centipedes walk and swim

Centipedes not only walk on land but also swim in water.

The adaptive landscape between the likely reconstructed ancestor (left) and the extant wild type (right) for activity of MPH.

Travel in time: back to the roots of how bacteria learned to live on poison

Recently developed bioinformatics methods and extensive laboratory work made it possible to discover how bacteria…

Why bacteria reserve chemical war for dense populations

Why bacteria reserve chemical war for dense populations

Many bacteria produce toxins to kill competitors, but only if the population density is high. This allows them to…

Artist's impression: untangling starts early.

Representational untangling by the firing rate nonlinearity in V1 simple cells

The goal of the sensory cortices can be defined as conveying information from the senses to higher level cortices as…

Different plasmodium Chabaudi genotypes

Time warp: how parasites affect host circadian rhythms during infection

A new study finds that genetic variation amongst pathogens shapes how host circadian rhythms are disrupted during…

Intravital (in vivo) imaging of pancreatic cancer cells

A subset of cancer-associated fibroblasts deposits perlecan in pancreatic tumors driving metastasis and chemoresistance

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of solid cancer, with a 5-year survival rate of less than 10%. By…

snoRNA U3 RNA-FISH (red) outlining nucleoli inside a nucleus (DAPI, blue) overlaid with an RNA network of snoRNAs and spatially associated protein-coding transcripts derived from Proximity RNA-seq data..

From single-cell RNA expression to RNA composition in subcellular particles

The spatial organization of RNA molecules – where RNAs might be synthetized, processed or stored within cells – is…

Hypothetical binding model of mubritinib

Metabolic vulnerability revealed in resistant leukemia

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has a five-year overall survival rate of only 27% and the identification of novel…

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Lattice defects induce microtubule self-renewal

Microtubules are essential structures in living cells, which grow and shrink at their extremities. Surprisingly,…