Genes & Cells

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Specialized proteins (blue and yellow) can repair damaged DNA. The 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers that determined how the cell works to protect genetic material in the face of environmental damages or DNA-copying errors.

Brain mosaic artwork

IN THE MIX  The brain is a mosaic of cells, as illustrated in this artwork. A recent study suggests that individual neurons all operate from different genetic blueprints. 

Bronze age skeleton

MUMMY BONES  A Bronze Age skeleton excavated in southeastern England displays so little bacterial damage from decomposition that it must come from a body that was mummified shortly after death, a new study concludes. In this case, bone damage suggests the body was dried out in a smoke room.

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